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Frank Whaley Joins The Cast of ‘Luke Cage’

Actor Frank Whaley (Pulp Fiction, Swing Kids, Broken Arrow) has joined the cast of Marvel’s “Luke Cage“.  The House of Ideas third TV series for popular streaming service Netflix, “Luke Cage” shoots this month ahead of a 2016 premiere.  The series centers on the titular character, played by Mike Colter, who was wrongfully accused of a crime and locked away.  After volunteering for an experiment in prison that goes awry and grants him superpowers, Cage escapes and returns to Hell’s Kitchen, NYC.  There he eventually decides to put his newfound abilities to good use by combating the rampant crime in his old neighborhood.

Whaley will be playing a recurring character named Detective Scarfe.  Described as a “hard-hosed detective”, there’s no word at this time as to whether he will be a friend to Cage, a foe, or something in between.  Whaley is a capable enough actor to play the role in any of those directions, so it will be interesting to see where he fits into the grand scheme of things in the initial season.

Friend seems likely, as there is an obscure cop character from the ’70s/’80s named Rafael Scarfe, who interacted quite a bit with Cage, Daredevil, Misty Knight, Iron Fist and others.  No, I didn’t have that nugget buried in my noggin’, although there are plenty of other bits of odd information knocking around up there.  Thankfully, a friend recognized the name!  With that in mind, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see him pop up somewhere in “Daredevil” next season, as well as in the first season of “Iron Fist” and the inevitable second season of “Jessica Jones“.  Whaley may well have snagged himself a series-hopping role that could run for years to come, so good on him!

The series is co-written and co-produced by showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker.  Whaley joins a cast that includes the aforementioned Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Alfre Woodard as Black Mariah, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Mahershala Ali as Cottonmouth, Theo Rossi as Shades, and Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple.  Cage himself will first appear on “Jessica Jones” later this year.

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