Neema Barnette, Millicent Shelton, Kasi Lemmons, Steph Green and Salli Richardson-Whitfield Among Luke Cage Season 2 DirectorsPosted by Wilson Morales
April 7, 2018
Blackfilm.com has come to learn that nearly half of the 13 episodes for season 2 of Marvel Television and Netflix’s “Marvel’s Luke Cage” will directed by women. Among the chosen are Neema Barnette, Millicent Shelton, Kasi Lemmons, Steph Green and Salli Richardson-Whitfield, who will be joining Lucy Liu. Liu was previously announced by Marvel back in July 2017 as the director for the second season opener. For its first season, no women were hired for the initial 13 episodes.
With the exception of the second season of Jessica Jones, which had an all-women directing crew for all of its 13 episodes, this is the most amount of women directors for any of the Marvel TV series (Daredevil, Iron Fist, The Defenders, The Punisher The Gifted, Runaways, Inhumans, Legion, and the now-cancelled Agent Carter) in one season.
Season 2 of Luke Cage will debut on Netflix on June 22nd.
After clearing his name, Luke Cage has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.
Mike Colter returns as the titular Luke Cage, with Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard, Theo Rossi as Shades and Finn Jones as Danny Rand aka Iron Fist.
Newcomers to the series so far include Mustafa Shakir (The Deuce, The Night Of) as John McIver, a natural leader, brimming with charisma, whose mission is focused on Harlem and vengeance; and Gabrielle Dennis (Insecure, Rosewood) as Tilda Johnson, a brilliant, holistic doctor with a complicated history in Harlem where, as much as she tries to stay far from trouble, it seems to always find her.
Luke Cage is executive produced by Cheo Hodari Coker (Ray Donovan, Southland) and Aïda Croal (The Returned, True Blood) as co-executive producer, along with Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Punisher, Marvel’s Inhumans), and Jim Chory (Marvel’s Punisher, Marvel’s Inhumans).
Neema Barnette is no stranger to the world of television, having directed numerous episodes of a variety of television shows including A Different World, The Cosby Show, Gilmore Girls, 7th Heaven, Being Mary Jane and more recently Queen Sugar. Her feature films have included Civil Brand and Woman Thou Art Loose: On the 7th Day.
Millicent Shelton has had previous experience not just directing other Marvel series but DC as well. The St. Louis, Missouri native directed Hulu’s Runaways episode Tsunami and the Jessica Jones episode AKA The Octopus for Netflix. She also directed The Flash episodes The Flash is Born, Welcome to Earth-2 and Borrowing Problems from the Future and the Supergirl episode Resist. Her other directing credits include Everybody Hates Chris, The Bernie Mac Show, Girlfriends, Castle, 90210, and 30 Rock, for which she became the first African-American woman to earn a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.
Steph Green is an Oscar nominated film and TV director, whose credits include episodes for FX’s The Americans, Showtime’s Billions, ABC’s American Crime, A & E’s Bates Motel. She was Oscar nominated for her comedic short film, New Boy.
Best known for her acting work on the sci-fi series Eureka and films such as A Low Down Dirty Shame, Biker Boyz, I Am Legend, Pastor Brown, Black Dynamite and I Will Follow, Salli Richardson-Whitfield has been working behind the camera as of late. She’s directed two episodes of OWN’s Queen Sugar, one episode of Underground for WGN America, BET’s Rebel, ABC’s Scandal more recently Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for ABC.
Kasi Lemmons has worked for over 20 years as an actress and director. After appearing in Jonathan Demme’s Best Picture winner Silence of the Lambs, Lemmons directed the film Eve’s Bayou, followed by The Caveman’s Valentine, Talk to Me and Black Nativity. She directed her first TV episode in 2017 with Fox’s Shots Fired.