Luke Cage: Theo Rossi Cast As Shades


Via Deadline, we have confirmation that Sons of Anarchy star Theo Rossi has been cast as the villainous Shades in Netflix’s Luke Cage.

Theo Rossi is most noted for playing Juan Carlos “Juice” Ortiz on the hit FX series Sons of Anarchy.  His other television credits include Law and Order: SVU, Hawaii Five-O, Las Vegas, The Unit, Jericho, Bones, Without a Trace, Veronica Mars, NYPD Blue, CSI-Miami, and Lie to Me.  Other recurring television roles include Heist, American Dreams, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

In film, Rossi’s credits include The Myersons (2001), The Challenge (2003), Buds for Life (2004), Cloverfield (2008), Kill Theory (2008), The Informers (2009), Red Sands (2009), Space (2009), Meth Head (2013), Bad Hurt (2014), When the Bough Breaks (2016), and Low Riders (2016).

Created by Archie Goodwin and George Tuska, the character of Shades made his first appearance in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 (June 1972).  Shades’ real name is Herman Alvarez and started out as a friend of Luke Cage’s when both were incarcerated.  Later, Ward Meachum gives Shades a visor with the ability to fire powerful blasts.

Synopsis: In this Marvel live-action series, a street-fighting ex-con battles crime in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen as the superhero Luke Cage.

Netflix’s Luke Cage is set to premiere all episodes sometime in 2016.  Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as the series showrunner, and will star Mike Colter as Luke Cage.

Luke Cage is one of four Marvel/Netflix shows centered around street-level events taking place in New York.  The other three are DaredevilJessica Jones, and Iron Fist.  Like the cinematic universe, all four characters from each show will later converge together in a miniseries event called The Defenders — another superhero team akin to The Avengers.

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