The Wachowski sisters are trying it on their own, at least for a little while. Lilly Wachowski, who came out as transgender about four years after her sister Lana did the same, is stepping back from the second season of Netflix's Sense8.
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Lilly is reportedly taking some time off to focus on her well-being, though she may return for the third season, if Netflix decides to renew it.
“Lilly needed to take some time off,” Jamie Clayton, who plays badass trans hacktivist Nomi Marks on the show, told BuzzFeed News. She assures, however, that the show is in good and capable hands.
“Lana is absolutely a superwoman,” Clayton said. “The way she channels her energy and her creativity… it keeps me in absolute awe whenever I’m in her presence. She’s an absolute force.”
The Wachowskis have worked together for over 20 years, churning out such hits as Bound and the groundbreaking Matrix triology, as well as some recent not-hits, like 2015's Jupiter Ascending. Their first foray into television, Sense8, however, proved popular enough for a second season.
Lilly's is only the latest departure from the show. In April, Aml Ameen, who played bus driver and Jean-Claude Van Damme enthusiast Capheus, left the show over creative differences. His role was recast and will be played by newcomer Toby Onwumere.
Netflix has not yet set a release date for season two of Sense8, but it's expected to return some time next year.