OFFICIAL: Mahershala Ali Cast As Cornell Cottonmouth In Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’
Marvel has found its Cornell Cottonmouth! House of Cards actor Mahershala Ali has been cast as Cornell ‘Cottonmouth’ Stokes in Marvel and Netflix’s Luke Cage series. Heroic Hollywood reported it first that Cottonmouth would be an antagonist in the series.
You can check out a teaser image and official press release below.
“Marvel’s Luke Cage” has found its Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes with the casting of Mahershala Ali (“House of Cards,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay –Parts 1 & 2”). The series will premiere in 2016 everywhere that Netflix is available.
Stokes, a Harlem nightclub owner, will become an unexpected foe in Luke’s life when Stokes’ criminal activities threaten Luke’s world.
“Mahershala is an actor of extraordinary range and gravitas. As Cottonmouth he will really let loose,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “Luke Cage won’t know what hit him.”
It was previously announced that Mike Colter (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “The Good Wife”) will play the charismatic lead character, Luke Cage, in the series. Cheo Hodari Coker (“SouthLAnd,” “Ray Donovan”) will write the series’ first two episodes in addition to serving as showrunner and Executive Producer.