‘Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger’: Olivia Holt & Aubrey Joseph Land Title Roles In Series For Freeform

EXCLUSIVE: Marvel and Freeform have found their Cloak and Dagger for the new straight-to-series coming-of-age live-action drama based on the Marvel characters. Former Disney Channel star Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph (The Night Of) have landed the leads in the new Freeform drama series Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger follows the interracial romance between Tandy Bowen (Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Joseph), who come from starkly different backgrounds, each growing up with a secret they never dared share with another soul. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart — but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.

“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,” said Cloak & Dagger executive producer/showrunner  Joe Pokaski. “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.”

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, which had been in the works at Freeform’s predecessor ABC Family for about five years, is a co-production of Marvel Studios and ABC Signature Studios. It joins two Marvel series for ABC: series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming The Inhumans.

“Marvel is delighted to have found our “Cloak & Dagger,” said Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television and Executive Producer. “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.”

Here is more info on the two characters:

Tandy­ (Oliva Holt – “Dagger”) 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.

Tyrone (Aubrey Joesph – “Cloak”)  ­ 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.

Holt, who is also a recording artist, is repped by Management 360, Paradigm Talent Agency, & Morris Yorn. Joseph is repped by Principal Entertainment LA and Jeff Gill at Jordan, Gill and Dornbaum.

Photos: Elias Tahan/Melissa Beech

Marvel's Cloak and 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 and 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.

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.


Marvel’s ‘Cloak and Dagger’ TV Series Casts Cloak and Dagger

Marvel Studios is ready to introduce its latest small-screen superheroes. First announced last year, Freeform’s Cloak and Dagger has just set Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt to star as Cloak and Dagger, respectively. The YA-ish comic book series centers around two very different teenagers who strike up a romance, drawn together by their strange powers.

As announced on Marvel.com, Holt will play Tandy Bowen, a.k.a. Dagger. Tandy enjoys a privileged upbringing until her family is destroyed by a disastrous storm. In the comics, her powers include the ability to create psionic daggers of light. They can be used to drain living beings of life, or heal them from certain afflictions like drug addiction. Holt is a Disney Channel vet, having starred in the shows Kickin’ It and I Didn’t Do It. She’s also got a bit of Marvel experience already — she voiced Spider-Girl in the “Spider-Verse” arc of Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man animated series.

Joseph will play Tyrone Johnson, a.k.a. Cloak, who usually goes around in a big billowing cloak. He can teleport himself and others through the dimension of darkness, and can make himself intangible. He has a strange hunger that can be assuaged by feeding on Dagger’s light, or by absorbing the life forces of those trapped in the dark dimension. Joseph’s credits include Run All Night and The Night Of (where he played John Turturro’s son, as you can see above).

Cloak and Dagger will be the first Marvel Studios series on Freeform, and it seems like a good fit between its romantic element and its coming-of-age storyline. “It’s a love story that happens to have characters that have always traditionally been in that age group,” Jeph Loeb explained at the TCAs last year. “It’s not like we took something and made it into a YA. It speaks to a YA audience and is a YA property. Would I do Punisher on Freeform? I don’t think that’s going to connect the same way.”

Showrunner Joe Pokaski talked up the casting of Joseph and Holt as Tyrone and Tandy:

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.

There have been unconfirmed rumors that Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct the pilot, which would be perfect — as we saw in Beyond the Lights and Love & Basketball she knows her way around romance. But I don’t think that’s been confirmed by Marvel yet, so we’ll keep you updated as more news comes out.

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