Lucy Lawless is joining Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." for season two.
TV Guide has learned that the former “Xena: Warrior Princess” star will be joining the TV series in an unspecified role this fall. Perhaps not surprisingly, Marvel is remaining pretty tight-lipped about her role and how many episodes she’ll appear in. The studio told The Huffington Post it was unable to comment at this time.
ComingSoon notes the studio is likely holding more details about Lawless’ role for its “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” panel at San Diego Comic Con on July 25.
According to TV Line, the show is looking to fill a recurring role for the character Mary Maloney. She is described as "a highly skilled agent who can 'command any room' (and boasts 'effortless sex appeal')."
The series struggled to find its footing early on but got a big boost from its story tie-in to “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The Nerdist points out that this isn’t the first time the show has brought on celebrity talent to spark people’s interest. Saffron Burrows (who plays Victoria Hand) and Patton Oswalt (who plays Eric and Billy Koenig) were brought on in the first season to bring some mystery and comedy to the show.
The second season of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” premieres Sept. 23 on ABC.