Simone Missick Reflects on Luke Cage’s Cancellation
It’s been almost a full year since Netflix cancelled Luke Cage after two seasons. While there’s still a hopeful group of Marvel fans who would love to see a revival down the line, the actors themselves have moved on. In fact, both Mike Colter and Simone Missick have new series premiering on CBS this week. Missick recently spoke to Collider about her new show, All Rise. Of course, she took some time to divulge more of her feelings about Luke Cage’s abrupt ending.
Technically, Luke Cage’s second season wasn’t the last we saw of Missick’s Misty Knight. She returned to play the character for a few episodes of Iron Fist’s sophomore season late last year. Missick’s chemistry with Jessica Henwick’s Colleen Wing led some fans to campaign for a Daughters of the Dragon spinoff series. But unfortunately, this wasn’t meant to be.
“So, when Luke Cage was cancelled, I was on set, on a CBS All Access show, called Tell Me A Story, playing opposite my husband (actor Dorian Missick),” explained Missick. “It was the best place to get the worst news of my life. I could ugly cry and no one would no because someone would be there to touch up my make-up, but I didn’t cry. It was surreal. Jeph Loeb gave me a call at eight o’clock at night on a Friday, and my husband was like, ‘He’s calling to tell you that you’re getting your own show.’ We both thought this was gonna be the phone call saying, ‘Guess what? Daughters of the Dragon!’ And it wasn’t that. It was, unfortunately, ‘Hey, Simone, the show is not gonna move on.’
Even before All Rise got picked up, Missick wasn’t hurting for acting opportunities. Earlier this year, she joined the cast of Altered Carbon’s second season on Netflix. Still, she regrets that Misty wasn’t given the closure she felt she deserved.
“That has been the toughest part, thinking about all of the ways that I had hoped for Misty to develop, and then for it to end the way that it did,” added Missick. “Had the writers known that we were only getting two seasons, they would’ve done something different. Even ending it on Iron Fist was an interesting way to say goodbye to her. She’s broken. She has to get a new arm. Everybody was like, ‘Ooh, who’s gonna give her a new arm? What’s it gonna look like?’ So, it was a difficult way to say goodbye to her.”
As for whether she thinks she’ll get to play Misty again, Missick is remaining optimistic.
“I don’t think it’s goodbye forever, but you never know,” said Missick. “If it’s meant for me to play Misty again, in a different way, on a different platform, or in a film, I’m certainly game for it. But right now, I’m just so thankful for where I am, doing this, that that’s my focus.”
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