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Published On: Tue, Apr 10th, 2018

‘Cloak & Dagger’ poster, details as Olivia Holt discusses the story which an ‘audience can relate to’

Just ahead of the SXSW world premiere watch party of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph made their way to the Deadline Studio to offer some tidbits on what’s to come in forthcoming new Freeform series.

“The authenticity was something that I was very drawn to and not just within the characters but within the storylines,” said Holt. “Yes, the show is about superheroes but I think what’s incredible about this show is that the audience is going to fall in love with the characters as themselves before they fall in love with them as superheroes.

“It just really feels like a real story because we’re really focusing on stuff that’s happening right now in 2018. I think that that’s something that a lot of the audience can relate to.”

The show follows Tandy Bowen (Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.

Joe Pokaski (Heroes) serves as showrunner and executive producer; Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory also serve as executive producers, while Gina Prince-Bythewood directed the first episode.

JD Evermore (True Detective, The Walking Dead) and Carl Lundstedt (Grey’s Anatomy, Conviction) will co-star opposite Holt and  Joseph with Andrea Roth, Gloria Reuben, Miles Mussenden and James Saito.

Evermore will play Detective Connors, whose character description states that he’s a “a contradiction of a man, embracing an intimidating persona that overcompensates for a secret he keeps close to the vest. Lundstedt will play Liam, a salt-of-the-earth townie who operates as Tandy’s partner in crime while moonlighting as her boyfriend.”

Roth will portray Melissa Bowen, Tandy’s mom, who is “the eternal optimist despite the struggles to adapt to her new existence.”

Reuben plays Adina Johnson, who invests every aspect of her being into giving her son the life she believes he deserves.

Mussenden plays Tyrone’s father, Michael Johnson, who trudges through his desk job to keep his family safe and happy.

Saito plays Dr. Bernard Sanjo, an emotional cornerstone in Tyrone’s life; they have a most unusual relationship.

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger launches with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, June 7.

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