Luke Cage showrunner

Daredevil is out next week, AKA Jessica Jones is filming, and now Netflix and Marvel are setting up the third piece of their universe. With Mike Colter already cast as Luke Cage, now he needs a boss. Cheo Hodari Coker has been hired as head writer and showrunner of the Netflix Luke Cage show, which will hit the format next year. Read more about the Luke Cage showrunner below.

Variety broke the news of Coker’s hiring as Luke Cage showrunner. He wrote the underrated movie, Notorious, and has been working in TV ever since. He’s played a major role in Southland, Almost Human and Ray Donovon.

Colter is playing Cage in AKA Jessica Jones and will then get his own show. After that, Marvel and Netflix will get to work on an Iron Fist show and possibly a second season of Daredevil before bringing all the characters together for a series called The Defenders.

Here’s the full press release from Marvel:

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.

Cheo Hodari Coker to serve as showrunner and Executive Producer of Marvel's Luke Cage for Netflix

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.

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.

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

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