Luke Cage: Simone Missick Cast As Misty Knight


Via Deadline, we have reports that Simone Missick has been cast in the female lead role of Misty Knight in Netflix’s Luke Cage.  The character — who is listed as Missy in the breakdown — is described as “a woman with a strong sense of justice.”  All evidence is pointing to Missick playing the hero Misty Knight.

Simone Missick is relatively new actress.  Her film credits include The Epicureans (2003), The Road to Sundance (2008), K-Town (2009), Brotherlee (2009), Look Again (2011), A Taste of Romance (2012), Voicemail (2012), Douglas U (2013), and Black Card (2015).  Her television credits include Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures, Ray Donovan, and Everything I Did Wrong In My 20’s.

Created by Tony Isabella and Arvell Jones, the character of Misty Knight made her first appearance by name in Marvel Premiere #20 (January 1975) and her first actual appearance in Marvel Premiere #27 (August 1975).  Working as a police officer for the NYPD, Misty loses her right arm while preventing a bomb attack.  She chooses to resign from the police force instead of taking a desk job.  Tony Stark would later equip her with a bionic arm, giving her superhuman strength.  Her first encounter with Luke Cage was as an adversary.  Later, she would join forces with Luke Cage and Iron Fist on multiple cases.

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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