Claire Temple’s mama is coming to town.
Brazilian-born actress Sonia Braga has been cast to play Soledad Temple, Claire’s just-as-formidable mother, in the upcoming Luke Cage, Marvel announced Tuesday.
They don’t offer any specifics as to what Soledad’s role will be in the story or why Claire would need to involve her mother. Considering Rosario Dawson’s nurse character continues to be put in the position of being a connective thread between all of the Marvel-Netflix shows, anything to broaden and deepen her character is a good thing.
Braga has a long and varied history on the silver screen and the small screen. She came to Hollywood prominence in the film Kiss of the Spider Woman in the mid-’80s, the first independent film to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Braga garnered a Golden Globe nomination for her performance, while her co-star William Hurt took home the Best Actor Oscar.
She was Golden Globe-nominated again for her next role in the 1988 romantic comedy Moon Over Parador, costarring Richard Dreyfus. She was also Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated for her role in the 1994 television film The Burning Season.
Braga has had prominent guest starring roles on series like Sex and the City and Royal Pains. She is likely familiar to many fans as Elena Derevko, one of the sisters of Irina Derevko (Lena Olin), Sydney Bristow’s Russian spy mother on Alias.
(The fun coincidence if Soledad Temple had been introduced on Jessica Jones instead is not lost on us. Jones is, of course, based on a series of comics also titled Alias.)
Luke Cage is anticipated to premiere on Netflix in Fall 2016.