Mahershala Ali has been cast as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes. Stokes will e a Harlem nightclub owner and one of Luke Cage’s enemies due to his criminal activities.

Mahershala has experience with Netflix produced series as he has starred in “House of Cards” as Remy Denton. Ali has also starred in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” and “The 4400.”

Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb raved, “Mahershala is an actor of extraordinary range and gravitas. As Cottonmouth he will really let loose. Luke Cage won’t know what hit him.”

Mike Colter, as previously announced, will play the role of Luke Cage and Cheo Hodari Coker will write the first two episodes of the series as well as being Executive Producer and showrunner.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.