Marvel has announced that actor Mahershala Ali has been casted as Cornell ‘Cottonmouth’ Stokes, in Marvel’s Luke Cage’s First Season on Netflix.

Stokes, a Harlem nightclub owner, will become an unexpected foe in Luke’s life when Stokes’ criminal activities threaten Luke’s world.

“Mahershala is an actor of extraordinary range and gravitas. As Cottonmouth he will really let loose,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “Luke Cage won’t know what hit him.”


Mahershala Ali is know for his role in ’House of Cards’ and ‘he Hunger Games: Mockingjay –Parts 1 & 2’.

Marvel’s Luke Cage premieres in 2016 on Netflx.


Marvel’s Luke Cage is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix. Cheo Hodari Coker will write the series’ first two episodes in addition to serving as showrunner and Executive Producer.

For more information on Marvel’s Luke Cage and the other exciting new Marvel Comics Television series, stay tuned.