Netflix & Marvel Television announced today that Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner of the anticipated series, Marvel's Luke Cage. Coker is writing the first two episodes of the series that will premiere in 2016, everywhere that Netflix is available. It was previously announced that Mike Colter (The Good Wife, American Horror Story: Coven) will play the charismatic lead character, Luke Cage, in the series.
Most recently, Coker served as a co-executive producer on the second season of Ray Donovan, and prior to that was a supervising producer on the critically-acclaimed, fourth season of the drama Southland. Coker was a part of the Southland team that earned the show a 2012 Peabody Award. Coker also garnered a 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing for a Dramatic Series for his work on that show.
Coker's feature film credits include Fox Searchlight's rap biopic Notorious. He authored the book "Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G." as well. Coker started his writing career in journalism and was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times and contributed to VIBE, Rolling Stone, Essence, among other publications. He is a graduate of Stanford University. Marvel's Luke Cage is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.
Marvel's Luke Cage will follow Marvel's Daredevil, debuting April 10 on Netflix, and Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones, where Mike Colter will debut as Luke Cage before moving over to his own series. Netflix will also release Marvel's Luke Cage and the miniseries The Defenders, which brings all four of these Marvel characters together, although no release dates have been given for these programs. We'll be sure to keep you posted with any updates on Marvel's Luke Cage and the other Netflix TV shows as soon as we have more information.