With much anticipation for Marvel‘s upcoming Netflix series continuation of Luke Cage, fans have been clamoring for any news they can get their hands on. A new piece of casting news came in an unlikely and unfortunate fashion. In a statement regarding the passing of actor Reg E. Cathey, Marvel revealed that the House of Cards actor would be portraying Luke Cage’s father, James Lucas, in the upcoming Season 2 of the show.
Read Marvel’s statement on Cathey’s unexpected passing below:
“Everyone at Marvel Television is deeply saddened by the loss of Reg E. Cathey. It was an honor to work with him and to know him. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.
In ‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ Season 2, Reg played James Lucas, Luke’s father. We were lucky enough to experience the magic that was Reg in his final performance.”
As said in the above statement, this will be Cathey’s last performance. He was best known for his roles as Norman Wilson in The Wire, Martin Querns in Oz, Dr. Franklin Storm in the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four, and Freddy Hayes in House of Cards. Cathey, for his work on House of Cards, received three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, including a win in 2015. He will surely be missed by the film and TV fan community.
Mike Colter stars as Cage, alongside returning principal cast members Simone Missick, Rosario Dawson, Alfre Woodard, and Theo Rossi.
Season 1 of Luke Cage is now streaming on Netflix.