While she waits to start filming Elementary season 6, you are going to see Lucy Liu take on a different role: Luke Cage season 2 director!
In a statement put out earlier today via BuzzFeed, it was confirmed that the actress would be taking on this exciting role. She’s directed numerous episode of Elementary to date, and has also held a similar role for an episode of USA’s Graceland. In expanding her directing portfolio, one of the great things that Liu is doing is putting herself even further in a position where she can have unlimited opportunities once that series ends. Elementary won’t be around forever, and with the ratings being what they were previously,
“What a thrill to collaborate with Marvel and Netflix, two industry titans, who paint our world with inspiring stories and beguiling characters … It is such an honor to work with such a passionate and fearless team.”
Meanwhile, Marvel’s own TV head in Jeph Loeb also had the following to pass along on the subject:
“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.”
Liu has also done enough work over time in action (remember the Charlie’s Angels movies?) that we know that she will have a very good sense of how to handle some of these sequences. The second season is in the process of filming now, and that’s coming only a very-brief period of time after the first season of The Defenders wrapped up. Let’s just say at the moment that Mike Colter is clearly a very busy man!
What are some of the challenges for season 2?
As we said in a recent article where we spoke a little bit further about some of the recent castings for the show, one of the things that we do think the series has to watch out for is skirting around the issue of Luke’s invincibility / invulnerability / whatever else you want to call it. When someone cannot be stopped, it creates some problems since you then have to figure out some people who are going to serve as a challenge. While Colter was brilliant in the first season and the action fairly top-notch, it was pretty clear to us that this was an issue that the show would absolutely need to correct if the second season was to top the first one. Luckily, there’s going to be a great opportunity to do just that.
It’s a little early at the moment to project when a Luke Cage season 2 is officially going to be here, but if we did have to guess based on some of the current evidence out there, we’d say at some point next year.
What’s your take on the news that we’re going to be seeing Lucy Liu directing an episode of Luke Cage season 2, and what do you want to see as a whole? Be sure to share in the comments below! (Photo: Netflix.)