Marvel Television and Netflix announced Friday that film and television director S.J. Clarkson (Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Vinyl, Orange is the New Black), will direct the first two episodes of the Marvel’s The Defenders and executive produce on the premiere episode.
The eight-episode event limited series is slated to debut in 2017.
The series follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist - "a quartet of singular heroes with one common goal - to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together."
“S.J.'s take on the material is outstanding. We loved her work on Marvel’s Jessica Jones and couldn’t think of a more talented and accomplished person to helm the first two episodes of Marvel’s The Defenders, said Marvel’s Head of Television and Executive Producer, Jeph Loeb.
In other Defenders news, Daredevil actor Charlie Cox recently commented in working with Sigourney Weaver, who has been added to the cast of the as-yet-unnamed villain.
"You know, when she came on stage with us at New York Comic Con, I wanted to say, 'In Hell’s Kitchen, no one hears you scream.' I don’t think it gets better than Sigourney Weaver," Cox told the San Antonio Current.
"I think we are immensely lucky to have her. It’s a testament to shows like Daredevil and Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. The quality of those shows have drawn someone of her caliber, which is very exciting for us. I can't wait to read it and have a scene with her. It’s one of the experiences I’ll probably remember for the rest of my career."