Luke Cage star Mike Colter lands new role in CBS drama pilot


If you love Mike Colter as much as we do, rest assured that the Luke Cage alum could be back on TV sooner rather than later.

Sources confirm that Colter has booked a leading role in Evil, which is the new pilot at CBS via The Good Wife co-creators Robert and Michelle King. The trio have a history working together, as Colter appeared on both The Good Wife and The Good Fight as Leonard Bishop. This new show revolves around a female psychologist (Katja Herbers) teaming up alongside a contractor and also a priest-in-training to look into paranormal matters in the worlds. This almost feels like what would happen if Outcast, Supernatural, and Grantchester all got together and had a really strange, but interesting baby. Robert and Michelle King have taken some interesting TV risks in the past — look at their political series BrainDead, one in which politicians were being impacted by overly influential bugs.

For those wondering, Colter specifically will play the wannabe priest here in David DaCosta. It should be a fun role for him, one that is certainly rather different than playing Luke Cage.

Does this gig inhibit his ability to play the Marvel character down the line? Hardly. For starters, it’s hard to know if Evil will end up being ordered to series at CBS. The network does have a great relationship with these particular producers, but that still by no means guarantees anything. Beyond just that, there’s another consideration here in that we don’t quite know as of yet if we’re going to even see a future for Luke Cage somewhere other than Netflix — which officially moved on from all of its live-action Marvel properties earlier this week. If the show does find another home eventually, Colter could still have enough time during his hiatus to revisit the character for at least a few episodes. At that point, it really just comes down to whether or not that is something he seems himself altogether interested in taking on.

For now, just stay tuned for more updates — one way or another, we should know the fate of Evil by the time we get around to May. That’s what tends to happen with the vast majority of major network pilots out there. CBS will have at least one hole potentially with Criminal Minds coming to a close over the next year or so, and the fates of some other shows are up in the air.

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