Cloak and Dagger Freeform

Marvel's Cloak & Dagger: Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph Cast in Freeform Series

Disney Channel alum Olivia Holt and The Night Of‘s Aubrey Joseph have landed the leads in Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, an upcoming series at Freeform.

An adaptation of the Marvel comics characters first introduced in a 1982 Spectacular Spider-Man series and then in success spun off into their own adventures, the live-action project follows Tyrone “Ty” Johnson and Tandy Bowen, a pair of powered young people who as Cloak and Dagger absorb baddies into “darkness” and shoot light daggers, respectively. Our sister site Deadline first reported the castings.Olivia Holt

At Freeform’s May Upfront event, the project was touted as offering “a love story like you’ve never seen in the Marvel universe” (or words to that effect).

As a privileged little girl, Tandy watched as her family was destroyed by a disastrous storm that uprooted her life. Now in her late teens, an unexpected encounter with Tyrone sparks a life-changing event. Tyrone, meanwhile, wanted nothing more than to prove he was fearless — but when everything he held close was takenaubrey-joseph away, life taught Tyrone to be afraid. Now older and more sheltered, he closes himself off… until meeting Tandy his life changes forever.

“The characters of Tandy and Tyrone have 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,” showrunner Joe Pokaski said in a statement. “We’re so excited to see what these talented young actors bring to the Marvel Universe.”

“Marvel is delighted to have found our Cloak & Dagger,” said Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb. “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.”

Holt’s previous TV credits include I Didnt Do It and Kickin’ It, while Joseph — an alum of Broadway’s The Lion King — recurred on HBO’s The Night Of as Dwight Gooden Stone.

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  1. LK says:

    I doubt they will put her in the outfit from the comics, probably too racy for Freeform.

  2. Dave says:

    The show is gona be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, right?

  3. Jason says:

    I wonder how much input marvel is gonna have in this. Hoping it doesnt end up just another melodramatic freeform/abc family show

  4. Joey Padron says:

    Interesting casting for the characters. May check out the show if the trailer for the show looks good.

  5. Tom says:

    Was excited about this until I saw it was on Freeform. Why not Netflix? Would have been great to go alongside Daredevil. And have high production values and quality supporting actors…

    • Wordsmith says:

      ABC/Disney is pushing their Marvel brand on every available front, and lest we forget, “the network fka ABC Family” is an important part of that. Cloak & Dagger is about as good a fit for Freeform as the MCU could provide (other than Runaways, which is over at Hulu)

    • Marvel already has enough stuff on Netflix. And they are trying to link it all together. They probably don’t want to fit this in with the Daredevil stuff, especially given the Netflix stuff is more adult oriented.

  6. T.W.S.S. says:

    Greek and Bunheads are the only two ABC Family/Freeform shows that I’ve been able to finish. I look forward to seeing how this ties into the MCU, but I hope it’s not as melodramatic as some of the network’s other shows.

  7. abomination says:

    Trump will put an end to this.

  8. Harry says:

    I was actually excited about this series until I just read that it was a complete divergence from the original back story and from the entire theme of the original comic series. The whole point of it being on freeform instead of abc family was to allow the gritty/dark story. This is pretty much taking the character names and writing a completely different story…not really the comic series at all. If these characters stood out so much to Pokaski…then so should the context of the characters.