Marvel has announced that Lucy Lawless will be starring as veteran SHIELD agent Isabelle Hartly in Agents Of SHIELD Season 2.
The genre icon will be playing a character that showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen describes as “tough. She may have a knife that’s always by her side.” (via THR).
Excitingly, Whedonverse veteran Reed Diamond is also joining the cast. The Dollhouse and Much Ado About Nothing star will be playing Hydra villain Daniel Whitehall, aka Kraken. Given the icy coldness he brought to Dollhouse‘s Laurence Dominic, this sounds like ideal casting.
British actor Nick Blood (Him & Her, The Bletchley Circle) will play Lance Hunter, “a mercenary Clark Gregg‘s Coulson reaches out to for help.” Hunter was S.T.R.I.K.E’s director in the comics.
Perhaps most excitingly of all (OK, maybe not as exciting as the casting of Lucy Lawless) is the news that Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird, will “at least be ‘mentioned’ in Season 2.” (via The Mary Sue). Hopefully she’ll get more than just a mention; she’d be a great addition to the new season.
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