Fans of the ABC action/adventure series Agents of SHIELD have a lot to be excited about as the series returns for season two this fall, including just how good Agents of SHIELD became near the end of its first season, after the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the reveal that Hydra had infiltrated SHIELD. Now, from casting reports that have come out over the summer, it seems that Agents of SHIELD is trying to acquire a group of guest actors that will only continue to improve the show’s already stellar quality, and we now have our first look at one of those awesome guest stars: Lucy Lawless as veteran SHIELD agent Isabelle Hartley.
Lawless, who is most famous for playing the titular role on Xena: Warrior Princess but has more recently gained notoriety for her performances in Spartacus, Battlestar Galactica, and even Parks and Recreation, was cast last month in what had, at the time, been a secret, “unknown role” for season two of Agents of SHIELD. Soon after, it was revealed that she will be playing Agent Hartley, who is obviously described by SHIELD‘S creative team as “tough.”
“She may have a knife that’s always by her side,” says Agents of SHIELD executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen.
Lawless will first show up in the season two premiere of Agents of SHIELD, entitled “Shadows.” Along with her casting, fans also were pretty ecstatic last week when it was announced that Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki will be portraying Bobbi Morse, better known as Mockingbird, who will first appear in episode five and may recur throughout season two.
Agents of SHIELD returns to ABC for its second season on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Check out the full photo of Lawless, which was first released by Marvel.com, as Agent Hartley below.
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