According to Deadline, Woodward's character Minetta is "a powerful woman in local politics who will have an impact on Luke Cage's life." Though no further details have been provided about the role, the announcement speculates that Woodward's character will be Black Mariah. A frequent antagonist for both Cage and Iron Fist in the comics, Black Mariah is described as both a professional criminal and a drug dealer.
Colter will play series lead Luke Cage in the thirteen-episode show. Colter will make his debut as the character in "Jessica Jones," another Netflix/Marvel series scheduled to debut later this fall.