Spoilers: Lucy Lawless Role Details Revealed

SAN DIEGO – As “Xena” and “Spartacus” fans already know, Lucy Lawless is a badass – so it should come as no surprise that the actress will be carrying on that tradition in her new role as Isabelle Hartley on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

“[She's] a SHIELD agent, longtime SHIELD agent, so she has a history with Coulson,” said S.H.I.E.L.D. co-creator Maurissa Tancheon while promoting Season 2 of the series at San Diego Comic-Con. “She’s great, she’s badass, she’s everything that we love [about] Lucy Lawless. We’ve been huge fans of hers and we worked with her on ‘Spartacus,’ so we’re just thrilled that she’s joining us.”

Added Tancheon’s partner-in-crime Jed Whedon: “She’ll fit right in.”


Lucy Lawless Recruited By Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — What Role Will She Play?

Battle on, agents!

Though details on Lawless’ character — or the length of the gig — have not been disclosed (surprise, surprise!), S.H.I.E.L.D. has been looking to fill the recurring role of “Mary Maloney,” a highly skilled agent who can “command any room” (and boasts “effortless sex appeal”). A possible fit? Survey says…a definite maybe.Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 9/8c on ABC.

Excited to see Lawless join the cast? What role would you like to see her play? Good agent, or bad girl? Sound off below!

Next guest editor: Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless has selected the theme 'A Brighter Day'. Photo / Doug Sherring

Lucy Lawless has selected the theme ‘A Brighter Day’. Photo / Doug Sherring

The New Zealand Herald is proud to announce NZ’s very own Warrior Princess, Lucy Lawless, will guest edit next Friday’s edition.

Lawless will be in the Herald newsroom on Thursday, directing and guiding the tone and content for the following day’s issue. She will lead the daily news conference, where the news, world, sport, business, illustration and digital editors will present their content lists and ideas.

Herald editor Shayne Currie said Lawless was a special New Zealander, respected here and internationally as an actress and advocate for the environment.

“Lucy has been brilliant — she’s already come up with a list of more than a dozen assignments for the editorial team, across a wide range of subjects and disciplines. She’s selected the theme ‘A Brighter Day’ and she’s been fully involved in several interviews and photographic initiatives. With a special cover wrap, it promises to be a keepsake edition.”

Lawless, best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess, says: “The NZ Herald not only reflects what’s going on and what’s interesting to the public, but advances issues in the public interest. This issue is about giving readers solid facts so they can make up their own minds on some of the biggest issues New Zealand faces today.”

The guest editorship initiative was announced at the Herald‘s 150th birthday celebrations. Sir John Kirwan became the first guest-editor of the Herald, last December.

“It’s a great pleasure to welcome Lucy to the Herald team and we’re confident she’s going to challenge us to deliver a very special and personal edition,” said Currie.


Lucy Lawless to appear at Supanova Pop Culture Expo

LANDING a role in Peter Jackson’s epic Hobbit trilogy, and the fan fervour that comes with it, can be an overwhelming experience for an actor.

For William Kircher, a seasoned star in New Zealand, it’s been a chance to show off his homeland and engage with fans around the world.

Kircher plays Bifur, one of the dwarfs who accompanies Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins on a quest to reclaim a dwarf kingdom from fearsome dragon Smaug.

“It’s been an incredible ride,” Kircher said.

“I’ve had varying degrees of fame in the past — you get a role in a show and you get recognised or are on a magazine cover.

“But you also realise that it doesn’t last forever. Once it’s finished you are out of a job like anyone else. Because of my age and experience, I’ve been able to take a very rational approach to it all.”

Best known in his native New Zealand as veteran cop B.P. in police procedural Shark in the Park, he’s also played a string of cops and criminals in shows such as City Life and Plain Clothes, and was George Cross recipient Stewert Guthrie in the film Out of the Blue.

But it’s Bifur who fans come to see at conventions.

“It’s an immense honour being one of the dwarfs in The Hobbit,” he said.

“Fans make the most exquisite costumes, all the make-up and weaponry. It’s quite fascinating seeing all these versions of yourself.”

He will be in town in April for the Supanova Pop Culture Expo along with actors including Xena star Lucy Lawless, the Bionic Woman, Lindsay Wagner, the man in the Chewbacca suit, Peter Mayhew, and Mini-Me himself, Verne Troyer.

“I’m very much looking forward to coming to Melbourne. It’s one of my favourite places. I’ve got some family there too — typical bloody Kiwi!” Kircher said with a laugh.

The Supanova Pop Culture Expo will be at Melbourne Showgrounds from April 11-13.