Fresh off the release of the first trailer for its upcoming sophomore season, Marvel Netflix series "Luke Cage" has announced an exciting bit of casting: Annabella Sciorra will play a key new villain.
Marvel and Netflix jointly revealed the news on Thursday (as first reported by Entertainment Weekly), with Sciorra set to join the fold as a formidable new foe named Rosalie Carbone. The character's official description calls her "a dangerous downtown criminal underworld power player with an eye, and an agenda, toward Harlem."
That should be familiar territory for Sciorra, who earned an Emmy nomination for her role on mob-focused HBO series "The Sopranos." And Carbone is an especially intriguing character in the Marvel-verse, with The Hollywood Reporter noting that she's actually closely connected to another figure (and fellow Marvel Netflix series star), The Punisher. (THR has some interesting theories about how Carbone could fit into Cage's world, with some possible SPOILERS.)
Jeph Loeb, an executive producer on "Luke Cage" and the head of Marvel's TV unit, called Carbone a "complex and layered" character, and that certainly seems to tie into the theme of season two. Here's the official synopsis for the new episodes:
In "Marvel's Luke Cage" Season 2, after clearing his name, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so well known has only increased the pressure he feels to protect the community. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.
We're eager to see how Sciorra and Carbone fit into the equation. "Luke Cage" season two hits Netflix on June 22.