Elementary’s Lucy Liu To Direct Premiere Of ‘Luke Cage’ Season 2
‘Elementary’ star Lucy Liu has landed a new job behind the camera, and it’s a big one! Netflix have announced she will be the director for the premiere episode of ‘Marvel’s Luke Cage‘ Season 2!
For those of you that only really know Lucy as an actress, this may come as a bit of a surprise, but she has directed a number of ‘Elementary’ episodes over it’s run, along with a few other shows and short films. However, this is probably her highest-profile directorial outing yet. She apparently got involved with ‘Luke Cage’ after working with showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker on his previous series ‘Southland’.
“What a thrill to collaborate with Marvel and Netflix, two industry titans, who paint our world with inspiring stories and beguiling characters,” she commented in a statement. “It is such an honour to work with such a passionate and fearless team.”
Lucy has clearly impressed the top brass at Marvel, including head honcho Jeph Loeb, who added “When you’re dealing with a bulletproof man, it helps if you have a bulletproof director. Lucy brings a keen eye, a superb sense of story and an obvious love of actors. She is rocking Luke Cage 2.”
In addition to a new director, Season 2 also has some new people in front of the camera. Mustafa Shakir (‘The Deuce’, ‘The Night Of’) is joining as John McIver, “a natural leader, brimming with charisma, whose mission is focused on Harlem and vengeance.” Gabrielle Dennis also joins as Tilda Johnson, “a brilliant, holistic doctor with a complicated history in Harlem where, as much as she tries to stay far from trouble, it seems to always find her.” In the comic books, Johnson has an alter-ego as Nightshade, and McIver takes up the mantle of Bushmaster. Whether we see either of those versions on screen remains to be seen.
‘Marvel’s Luke Cage‘ Season 2 is due to return on Netflix in Early 2018.