Luke Cage's Theo Rossi Talks The Role Of Shades

Marvel is unbelievably good at keeping things secret, and with the second season of Luke Cage in progress, folks are trying to find out the good. We know that Mustafa Shakir (The Night Of) will be taking on the role of Jon McIver/Bushmaster and Gabrielle Dennis (Rosewood) will be playing Tulsa Johnson/Nightshade. But they won't be the only villains, as Theo Rossi is set to return as Herman "Shades" Alvarez, despite letting next to nothing slip to ET.com about the new season:

"I mean, obviously, I can never say anything about anything about anything. I know Cheo [Hodari Coker, the show's creator] has some cool things planned."

Theo Rossi

Rossi credits the element of surprise with making the series stand out and with shaping his character into one of Marvel's most interesting villains:

"I felt like I had one of the greatest journeys of a villain in the Marvel [universe], because he was the guy you never saw coming. It just took a couple episodes for people to kind of take notice of that. I don't think I've ever seen a Marvel show where the good guy gets carted off to jail and the bad guys are sitting there notorious at the end. I think that's why it made Luke Cage so successful, that it was very unpredictable. And I think that Shades – you had all these big villains and all these people that looked like they were the top dog and they all kept getting taken out, while he just keeps moving up — he's like a cerebral assassin."

Rossi went on to praise his costar Alfre Woodard's Mariah Dillard/Black Mariah:

"I basically get to have a dance partner in Alfre Woodard, who is one of the most decorated actresses working in the business. I just get excited when I'm around Alfre, because she's got the youthfulness and the heart of a young teen. And she acts and plays in scenes like it's her first time, every time, and that's all I search for in my dance partners."

Luke Cage (Mike Colter) will next appear in Marvel's The Defenders debuting August 18th. Season 2 of Luke Cage is expected to stream in the spring of 2018.

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.

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