Maisie Richardson-Sellers will be a series regular this year, playing the animated Vixen’s grandmother

Among the many new additions to the Legends of Tomorrow cast in Season 2, one of the most anticipated is the addition of Vixen, previously seen in her own web series on CW Seed and in a guest-appearance last season on Arrow.

On the CW Seed series and Arrow, the character was played by Megalyn Echikunwoke. But when producers decided to make Vixen a main cast member on Legends Season 2, they learned that Echikunwoke was not available for a full-time role. So rather than recast Mari McCabe, they decided used the series’ timey-wimey plot to introduce her grandmother, Amaya Jiwe, as the new Vixen.

Maisie Richardson-Sellers, who previously appeared on the CW series The Originals, will play Jiwe next season. Today, executive producer Marc Guggenheim took to Twitter to reveal a new poster featuring our first ever look at the new Vixen:

As you can see, the costume is not too dissimilar to the one worn by the current Vixen, despite the 1940’s setting that Jiwe will occupy. The new Vixen will be a member of the Justice Society of America, alongside Patrick J. Adams as Hourman, Sarah Grey as Stargirl, Matthew MacCaull as Commander Steel and the still uncast Dr. Mid-Nite and Obsidian.

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Here’s the official character description for Vixen originally provided by the CW:

“Amaya Jiwe – better known as Vixen – is the newest superhero to board the Waverider and join the ranks of the Legends of Tomorrow. Like her granddaughter, Mari McCabe, Amaya’s powers are derived from the mysterious Tantu Totem, which allows her to magically access the abilities of animals.”

Echikunwoke will reprise her role as Mari McCabe for the upcoming second season of the Vixen animated web series, along with guest-stars Stephen Amell (Green Arrow), Grant Gustin (The Flash), Katie Cassidy (Black Canary), Brandon Routh (Atom), and Firestorm (Franz Drameh).

In other Legends of Tomorrow news, Guggenheim also revealed on Twitter this morning that production had begun on episode 2×03, now known to be titled ‘Shogun’:

Legends of Tomorrow returns for its second season on Thursday, October 13 at 8/7c on The CW.