Responding to the call for more women directors in television, Netflix has tapped Lucy Liu to helm the Season 2 premiere of Luke Cage.
Liu has five previous directing credits, including the 2011 sex-trafficking film Meena, one episode of USA Network’s drama Graceland, and, most recently, four episodes of Elementary, where Liu also co-starred as Dr. Joan Watson. Liu was spotted earlier on the production of Luke Cage in New York.
Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker had the idea to bring Liu aboard after they worked together on TNT’s Southland, where he was a writer and producer, and she played patrol officer Jessica Tangin in Season 4.
"Lucy and I have been tight since our Southland days and she's a welcome addition to our Luke Cage family. She brings the same buoyant intensity, deft humor, and singular focus to her directing that she has always brought to her acting... not to mention the fact that the former 'O'Ren Ishii' certainly knows her way around an action sequence," Coker told BuzzFeed News. “Her enthusiasm is infectious.”
Cage has been terrific show in terms of championing diversity, both in front of the camera and behind it, and it's great to see them continuing these efforts in the upcoming season. Including Coker, the Cage writing staff had three other writers of color during Season 1: Charles Murray, Akela Cooper, and Aïda Mashaka Croal. Liu will be the first woman to direct an episode of Luke Cage, but she will not be alone. According to IMDB, Steph Green who has directed other acclaimed shows like The Americans, Preacher, and You’re the Worst, is scheduled to helm Luke Cage's second episode of Season 2, which will stream on Netflix beginning in 2018.