Lucy Lawless Cast in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 2

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Though season 1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had plenty of ups and downs, the show finished out its debut year on a strong note, ultimately earning its season 2 renewal. The big turning point of the first season was the Captain America: The Winter Soldier tie-in episode which split the world of Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his ragtag group of agents wide open. The last few episodes of the season left Coulson with an agency destroyed by Hydra as well as a team that had been betrayed by one of its own and with another member in critical condition.

One major highlight during the back half of season 1 was Bill Paxton’s portrayal of John Garrett – who played a pivotal role bridging the gap between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. However, with Paxton out of S.H.I.E.L.D., another beloved action star has joined the series.

TV Guide reported S.H.I.E.L.D. has cast Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Parks and Recreation) in an unspecified role for the show’s season 2. Lawless’s character and the number of episodes for which she has signed on have not been revealed, though Marvel may provide more insight during the studio’s television panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

As far as the upcoming season of S.H.I.E.L.D., Gregg has said it will be darker” and more “lo-fi as Coulson deals with the aftermath of season 1. Specifically, the team is tasked with rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D. while looking into the T.A.H.I.T.I. project and the unknown GH 325 serum as well as its possible side effects on Coulson. The season 1 finale also teased some developments in the mystery of who Skye (Chloe Bennet) is and who her parents may be.

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With all these storylines to be pursued throughout S.H.I.E.L.D.’s sophomore season, there are many roles that Lawless could play. Additionally, it’s unclear whether she’ll portray a character from the Marvel Comics or an original character. She could be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent that Coulson recruits to his cause of rebuilding the organization; she could be a former scientist involved with the T.A.H.I.T.I. project; or she could portray Skye’s mother – or someone else that had a hand in Skye’s past.

Although, at this point, the list of possible characters and story arcs is extensive, it’s possible ABC recruited Lawless for her experience with action roles – specifically her portrayal of a warrior princess. Whether those skills will help her in the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. remains to be seen, but there are more than a few Xena fans who are certainly hoping Lawless goes head to head with the Cavalry a.k.a. Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), or even Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander), the warrior woman from Asgard.

However, Lawless has most recently played less physical characters on Parks and Recreation as well as Top of the Lake, so it’s also possible she won’t display her fighting skills at all. Once more details are released as to who Lawless will be portraying – and how many episodes she’s signed onto – it will be much easier to figure out how she’ll fit in to the world of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 will premiere Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 @9pm on ABC.

Source: TV Guide

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  1. Why not? Everybody loves Lucy…

  2. This is really exciting! I love Agents of Shield and to add the woman who was/is the childhood (or adult) hero of many including myself is just unbelievably amazing! I really do hope she gets an authoritative role, she was great as a fighter but also as a leader even if she will be cast in an antagonistic role.

  3. Awesome! With no other details available, I’m going to dream BIG and fan-cast Lucy Lawless as Abigail Brand or Madame Hydra (probably The Contessa as opposed to Viper due to the latter’s recent appearance in The Wolverine).

    I could go really wild and also throw in Carol Danvers, Spider-woman (either Jessica or Julia), the other Black Widow (Yelena), Valkyrie and Jennifer Walters, but I don’t really see any of them happening for a variety of reasons.

    • She Hulk bro. She Hulk.

      • My thoughts exactly :) She is built for her.

  4. Cannot wait for season 2. It’s gonna be a sick show, way better than the first season. I’m sticking with it.

  5. Funny thing here. I used to watch Hercules on Sky1 back in the mid 90s so I’m at that age where I could have grown up with Xena too but I honestly never saw an episode. Never had chance so to me, she’s always going to be Lucretia from Spartacus.

    Having said that, AOS was a terrible show and regardless who she plays, count me out of watching it. Too many good shows around the same time to waste my time on any more of this mess, which is a shame because she’s a good actress and pretty much every 90s kid’s dream Wonder Woman casting.

    • you have spent more time commenting on articles about AoS about how you hate it than you would have watching it. Perhaps give up commenting about a show you hate and don’t watch and check out Xena on Netflix. Lawless is pretty fun in Spartacus but she is one of the great 90s bad ass women of TV.

      • @homodrome – Wow you pegged that reply 100% *claps*

        • Agreed

      • Seriously? Watching an episode is faster than typing reply in like 2-3 minutes at max? Logic these days…

        • I don’t mean that single reply. I mean the countless replies on countless articles for AoS. Dazz lives to talk smack but never actually watches the show? I don’t get it.

    • Interesting. You see her as Lucretia from Spartacus. For me, she will always be “Number 3″ from Battlestar Galactica.
      I’m going to assume that you stopped watching SHIELD when the show was essentially just another procedural. But once the show became more serialized, the quality increased by leaps and bounds. Check it out again, it may surprise you (it did me).

      As for those that believe that she should have played Wonder Woman. I could not DISAGREE with you more. Gal Gadot is 29 years old, Lawless is 46. While Hollywood always seems to discard actresses once they turn 40, in this case…younger is not just better, it’s smarter.
      If Gadot’s Wonder Woman succeeds, she will likely be playing the character for a decade or more. Doing the math…I doubt that Lawless was ever a realistic choice.

    • Agree with Dazz, flat out awful. Just like with Paxton, it does not matter who guest stars or gets added to the cast if the writing does not improve it is a lost cause. When the targeted demographic leaves the room and does not return,
      you know there is a problem.

  6. hopefully her character will be from Asgard

  7. I read on TVLine that there is a role they were casting for ‘Mary Maloney’ who is a SHIELD agent who commands the room and exudes sex. Definitely sounds like Lucy to me.

  8. She was one-dimensional in Xena but I thought she did great with her parts in shows like Battlestar Galactica and Spartacus.

    Also who can forget Madame Vandersex!

  9. I wonder if Jennifer Walters could be out of the question? Or a role as an Asgardian. Thor’s sister has just debuted in the comics, it would make a nice cross promotion too.

    But the they would probably want to introduce that character in a movie first. And Thor 3 isn’t as fast tracked as next Season of SHIELD, probably.

  10. It’s still a crime how Lawless was never considered for Wonder Woman in her Xena days. She would’ve been incredible in the role.

    • She was. And I believe she turned it down for a variety of reasons.

      I think the version of Wonder Woman they had proposed was basically “Xena”, so she really didn’t see the point in playing essentially the same character. And it would have meant filming the movie during her small yearly break from filming Xena which would have left her exhausted and would have also meant more time away from her family. Lucy Lawless did end up voicing Wonder Woman for the “New Frontier” animated film.

      Of course, whether she was ever formally offered the role or simply approached is probably questionable. I believe that Bryan Singer also offered her an unspecified role in the first X-Men and she turned that down as well for similar reasons. And she pulled out of an audition for Galadriel because she was pregnant and absolutely exhausted from filming Xena to work during her break. If she’d been willing to work 24x7x365 she’d probably have a role in almost every major “geek” franchise!

  11. I have a question thats been bugging me…Coulson needs to build a new shield “lo fo” right, i get that. But as far as I can tell, the government doesn’t back SHIELD anymore, so how do they operate without a government backing them? Where do they get the information amd the resources to help? I’m sure answers will be give. But I’m curious how that will play out

    • Three words man “WA-KAN-DA”…. I guess that is one word.But jokes aside, The secret,wealthy, advanced nation of Wakanda is the perfect backer for the new guerrilla version of shield. We may also get to see the black panther.

      • I doubt this will come to pass but it doesn’t mean its not a terrific idea. If they aren’t going to utilize Panther on the big screen, might as well use him on AOS.

    • Tony Stark…

  12. Xena was appointment TV for me when it was on. I loved her in Spartacus, but I didn’t know she was in Parks and Recreation. Looking forward to learn what her role is.

  13. I see AOS tying with age of ultron next year, I would be happy to see them develop a formula of movie tie-ins as season finales and using guest stars like Lawless to keep it interesting

    • If it does it would only be for a couple episodes at most. AoU comes out May 1 and that’s right around the time the television season ends. It worked well with Capt 2, because it was released in April and there were several episodes left in the season. A major sweeps week tie-in is possible, but it’s unlikely to have the effect of the show of Capt 2. I would think it would be more on the line of the Thor 2 tie in. What’s most likely is that the ramifications of AoU will be felt in a possible season 3 of AoS.

  14. maybe she will play Giganta

  15. If she doesn’t get some kind of role in the future Wonder Woman movie, I will be a little disappointed because she is Wonder Woman like Patrick Stewart is Professor X.

  16. I still yearn for Xena, Warrior Princess and never understood how they (producers,developers,etal)could not get past the wrangling about ownership to make a big screen movie. Anyway, in my humble opinion, no other females plays tough and kicks butt as convincingly as Lucy Lawless and Angelina Jolie. That said, I hope who ever she plays in Agents that it’s a ‘take-no-prisoners’ butt-kicking role. After the first two episodes of Agents, I stopped watching. I will now watch to see how they use Lawless.

    • They’ve tried and failed. It sounds like they got close one time, but their financing fell through towards the later stages.

      Whatever the issues with the licensing, it seems to impact everything to do with Xena: Warrior Princess since there is very little ongoing merchandising (as compared to other 1990s pop culture icons like Buffy). Perhaps they’ll get there one day.

  17. she was awesome in Spartacus, her and her husband on the show, forget his name but he was also amazing. They were such a great couple on that series.

  18. Correction:
    …no other females play as tough

  19. Cool. I’ll have to catch up on the show. I’ve only watched the first three episodes. The show wasn’t great by any measure but I heard it got better by the end and I love Lucy!

  20. Arrow found spectacular success with it’s Spartacus alum. Now AoS too trying the same. Lucy Lawless is a wonderful choice for any badass role.Looking forward to seeing her.

  21. She-Hulk? Maybe Jennifer Walters will be a regular for awhile before becoming actual She-Hulk.

  22. DC needs to snag her for Hippolyta, she would be perfect for the role.

  23. please kill off Skye… please!!!! her character is grating at best and this forced romantic angle with Ward is ridiculous and ruins his character. There had better be a big payoff as to who or what she is besides annoying smug hacker girl with no personality who might be special. Also the name Skye makes me want to vomit my stomach lining out. Other than that I like the show.

  24. Good casting from a genre fan standpoint to gain some interest, but if she is just another ancillary character that either gets killed off or does nothing I do not know how much impact it will have in the long run.

  25. is it possible they are casting her to be Carol Danvers?

    • I wish! Even if they were willing to cast an older actor for Carol Danvers in SHIELD (and presumably multiple movie appearances as Captain Marvel) instead of a 25 to 30 year old, I think they would aim for more of an A-Lister if they want her to headline her own spin-off movie (or movies). Someone more along the lines of Charlize Theron. I’d love to be proven wrong though.