Following the scheduling conflict-caused departure of the actress who portrayed the character in the fourth season of Arrow, the CW has tapped Maisie Richardson-Sellers to play DC Comics heroine Vixen on Arrow‘s sister series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Richardson-Sellers will succeed Megalyn Echikunwoke, joining Legends as a series regular and newest crewmember of the Waverider when the show returns October 13 at 8 PM on the CW.
Rather than a straight recasting of the role, Legends of Tomorrow is taking advantage of the show’s time travel premise, bringing on Richardson-Sellers as a different incarnation of Vixen from an earlier point in time. In the comics, Vixen is the latest in a long line of heroes who, thanks to powers derived from the Tantu Totem, given to them by African mythological hero Anansi, can assume the abilities of any animal that exists on earth, along with a healing factor that makes her hard to kill. Created by writer Gerry Conway and artist Bob Oksner in 1978, the character has notably fought alongside DC’s Suicide Squad and was later a member of The Justice League, most recently as part of DC Comics’ 2011 “New 52” reboot.
Richardson-Sellers will be playing Amaya Jiwe, grandmother to Echikunwoke’s Mari Jiwe McCabe. The twist will allow Echikunwoke to continue to voice the character on the online animated Arrowverse spinoff Vixen, and may possibly leave the door open to a cross-generational team up later down the line.
Maisie Richardson-Sellers is best known for playing Rebekah Mikaelson/Eva Sinclair on the CW’s The Originals, and on television most recently portrayed Saul’s daughter, Michal, on Of Kings and Prophets. She also appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She’s repped by UTA, Suzy Brierley at Denton/Brierley, Lena Roklin at Luber-Roklin Management and James Adams.