Casting Details Emerge For Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot

By Kelly West 2012-10-01 19:58:52 discussion comments
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Among the more anticipated projects in the works is S.H.I.E.L.D, the ABC pilot Joss Whedon is writing along with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Some interesting details have emerged regarding the casting for the pilot, which give us some clues about the characters set to be featured.

S.H.I.E.L.D is a live-action pilot, which The Avengers' Joss Whedon is set to write (and possibly direct). It will focus on the organization featured in the recent Marvel movies, with S.H.I.E.L.D. standing for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury heads up the organization in the movies, but who will we see representing S.H.I.E.L.D. in the ABC pilot? TVLine shared the following details about a handful of roles set to be cast for the project. They don't give a whole lot away about the show, but they do give us a bit to chew on as far as casting goes.
SKYE - This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident – with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.

AGENT GRANT WARD - Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.

AGENT ALTHEA RICE - Also known as “The Calvary,” this hard-core soldier has crazy  skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.

AGENT LEO FITZ and AGENT JEMMA SIMMONS - These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies – she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.

It's probably doubtful that all (or even most) of the people cast in these roles would be people from Whedon's former projects, but just for fun, if we were to cast Whedonverse actors in the roles, I'd say Felicia Day and Fran Kranz for Jemma and Leo (alternates: Amy Acker and Tom Lenk), Summer Glau for Althea (alternate Bianca Lawson), Enver Gjokaj as Grant Ward, and Michelle Trachtenberg as Skye.

We'll have to wait and see who is actually cast in these roles.
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