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– by David Kozlowski

Marvel and Netflix’s Luke Cage set out to be a different kind of superhero series by focusing on inner city crime from the black community’s perspective. Creator Cheo Hodari Coker’s stated aim for the show was to both reflect his community while also changing audience expectations for the genre, according to Nerdist. Mission accomplished, as Luke Cage‘s first season became a cultural event and solidified Marvel’s commitment to quality along with Daredevil and Jessica Jones.

Coker expressed these sentiments in an interview with Nerdist prior to his show’s Netflix debut in 2016:

“We have a lot of different musical appearances, but at the same time, we’ve got the Marvel action. We’ve got drama. I would like this to be, I mean, I know this is heavy but, The Wire of Marvel television, because we really deal with a lot of different issues.”

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To achieve Coker’s goal of matching the tone and gravity of The Wire, he cast several actors from that landmark HBO series: Frankie Faison, Sonja Sohn, Maurice Levy, and S. Robert Mogan. And now, Coker is casting a key performer from another classic HBO series, The Sopranos, according to EW.

Acclaimed actress Annabella Sciorra has been cast in Luke Cage Season 2 as a major villain, Rosalie Carbone. Her role is described as, “a dangerous downtown criminal underworld power player with an eye, and an agenda, toward Harlem.”

Sciorra played Gloria Trillo in The Sopranos Season 5, for which she was nominated for an Emmy. She has also had key roles in Jungle Fever, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Cop Land, and What Dreams May Come. Later this year she will also appear in Netflix’s G.L.O.W. Season 2.

Coker is overjoyed to add such a talented actress to his cast:

“I’ve been a huge fan of hers since Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever, and Anabella Sciorra is no joke as Rosalie Carbone. You haven’t seen her this gangster since her thrilling turn as Tony’s formidable flame Gloria Trillo on season 3 of The Sopranos. I’m thrilled her introduction to the Marvel Universe will be on Marvel’s Luke Cage.”

We still don’t know a lot about Luke Cage Season 2, but here’s what we can confirm: Iron Fist will will partner with Cage to form the legendary Heroes For Hire small business, Theo Rossi’s Shades character returns, Misty Knight now has an artificial limb (thanks to The Defenders), and Luke Cage himself (Mike Colter) recently told AMC’s Comic Book Men to expect a darker storyline with an emphasis on realism.

What are you expecting from Luke Cage Season 2? Let us know in the comments down below!

Luke Cage Season 2 hits Netflix on June 22, 2018.

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SOURCE: EW, Nerdist, AMC

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.