Marvel and Freeform (formerly ABC family) have announced actors Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt as the lead actors for their upcoming television show Cloak and Dagger. The coming-of-age series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will follow the young adults as their lives are drastically altered after a chance encounter.
Created by Bill Mantlo (also the creator of Rocket Raccoon), the characters have been appearing in Marvel comic books since the early 80’s. Cloak possesses the ability to teleport himself and others through the use of – you guessed it – his cloak while Dagger has the power to create psionic light daggers to attack her enemies with.
“The characters of Tandy and Tyrone have always stood out to me ever since I first met them in the pages of Marvel comics when I was a boy. When Olivia and Aubrey read for the roles, these characters leapt off the page. We’re so excited to see what these talented young actors bring to the Marvel Universe,” said showrunner and Executive Producer Joe Pokaski.
“Marvel is delighted to have found our Cloak and Dagger. Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph encompass the true essence of the characters and we are excited for the audience to see them in these roles,” said Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television and Executive Producer.
Young Tyrone Johnson wanted nothing more than to prove he was fearless. But when everything he held close was taken away, life taught Tyrone to be afraid. Now older and more sheltered, Tyrone closes himself off. But when he meets a girl named Tandy his life changes forever.
Once a privileged little girl, Tandy Bowen watched as her family was destroyed by a disastrous storm that uprooted her life. Now in her late teens, an unexpected encounter with a boy named Tyrone sparks a life changing event.
“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” is produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios.