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Freeform & Marvel announce lead cast, creative team for 'Marvel's Cloak & Dagger' series

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Tue, Jan 31st 2017 04:00 pm

Olivia Holt (former Disney Channel star and Hollywood Records recording artist) & Aubrey Joseph ("Run All Night," "The Night Of") will star in title roles

Freeform and Marvel on Monday announced the cast and creative team for its anticipated series, "Marvel's Cloak & Dagger," a live-action adaptation of the popular Marvel comic.

"Marvel's Cloak & Dagger" is a coming-of-age series based on the beloved comic book characters. Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson come from starkly different backgrounds, each growing up with a secret they never dared share with another soul.

Olivia Holt (former Disney Channel star and Hollywood Records recording artist) will portray Tandy, a once-privileged little girl, who 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. Aubrey Joseph ("Run All Night," "The Night Of") will portray Tyrone who, as a young man, 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.

Additional cast for "Marvel's Cloak & Dagger" will be announced at a later date. The series is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios. Joe Pokaski ("Underground," "Heroes") will serve as showrunner and executive producer; Jeph Loeb (Marvel's head of television) and Jim Chory will also serve as executive producers. Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Love & Basketball") is set to direct the first episode.

 "We are proud that Olivia and Aubrey will be the faces of Freeform's first Marvel series," said Karey Burke, executive vice president, programming and development, Freeform. "These characters were very sought-after roles, but Olivia and Aubrey were undeniable."

"Marvel is delighted to have found our 'Cloak & 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," Loeb said.

Pokaski said, "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."

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