“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” has recruited “The Originals” star Maisie Richardson-Sellers to tackle a new iteration of the superhero known as Vixen for Season 2, Variety has learned.
Richardson-Sellers will play the series regular role of Amaya Jiwe, the grandmother of the present-day Vixen, Mari McCabe (Megalyn Echikunwoke). Like her granddaughter, Amaya’s powers are derived from the mysterious Tantu Totem, which allows her to magically access the abilities of animals.
Echikunwoke, who headlines CW Seed’s animated “Vixen” series and appeared in live-action on “Arrow,” was unable to join “Legends” Season 2 due to scheduling. But since the superhero show focuses on time-travel, producers found a way to avoid recasting Echikunwoke’s role while still including Vixen on their superhero roster for the sophomore season.
Also joining the show for Season 2 is Nick Zano, who was recently cast as Dr. Nate Heywood, a historian whose grandfather was the hero known as Commander Steel, a member of the Justice Society of America.
Richardson-Sellers is best known for her role as Eva Sinclair on fellow CW drama “The Originals.” She also starred in ABC’s shortlived Biblical drama “Of Kings and Prophets” and appeared in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Richardson-Sellers is repped by UTA, Suzy Brierley at Denton/Brierley, Lena Roklin at Luber-Roklin Management and James Adams.