Deadline has learned that "Sons of Anarchy's" Theo Rossi has joined the cast of Netflix's upcoming Marvel series "Luke Cage." Additionally, Rosario Dawson will reprise her role as Claire Temple on the series, a character she debuted on "Daredevil" earlier this year. The news comes from an unnamed source; Marvel has yet to confirm either actors' involvement.
Rossi played Juice Ortiz on FX's "Sons of Anarchy" from 2008 to 2014. Deadline's report states that Rossi's character is "smooth and manipulative, street smart and controlling." Deadline's inside source believes that Rossi will be playing a villain on the show, Shades. In the comics, Shades and his partner Comanche were Cage's fellow inmates; upon getting out of jail, Shades donned a special visor that emitted powerful blasts.
Dawson will travel to "Luke Cage" after appearing in both "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones," the two Netflix series preceding "Luke Cage." This is part of Dawson's overall Marvel contract, which has positioned Claire Temple as potentially the connective tissue for Netflix's four Marvel shows (it has yet to be announced if Dawson will appear on the fourth series, "Iron Fist"). Temple's involvement on "Cage" seems a natural fit considering that the character originally appeared in the comics as Luke Cage's love interest.
"Luke Cage's" cast continues to grow; Alfre Woodard joined the show in August in an unspecified, possibly villainous role. Cheo Hodari Coker ("Southland," "Ray Donovan") will serve as showrunner for the series.
Series lead Mike Colter will make his debut as Luke Cage on "Jessica Jones" later this year. "Luke Cage" is expected to arrive on Netflix in 2016.