Marvel's The Defenders Taps Director SJ Clarkson

S.J. Clarkson has been hired to direct the first two episodes of "Marvel's The Defenders," the eight-episode limited series set to air in 2017 on Netflix.

The announcement brings with it a vague synopsis for the crossover, which brings together the stars of "Daredevil," "Jessica Jones," "Luke Cage" and the upcoming "Iron Fist":

“Marvel’s The Defenders” 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.

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Clarkson is no stranger to superheroes, or to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having directed episodes of "Heroes" and "Jessica Jones." Her credits also include "Dexter," "Orange Is the New Black," "Whitechapel" and "Eastenders."

“S.J.'s take on the material is outstanding," Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of Television, said in a statement. "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.'"

Executive produced by Marco Ramirez, Doug Petrie, Drew Goddard, Loeb and Jim Chory, "Marvel's The Defenders" stars Charlie Cox as Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage and Finn Jones as Iron Fist, with Sigourney Weaver playing an undisclosed villain.

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