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Hayley Atwell On Board For Marvel's Agent Carter ABC Drama, Reaper Creators Set As Showrunners
Captain America has gotten plenty of screentime post-Captain America: The First Avenger, thanks to The Avengers, but what about Agent Carter? Beyond a one shot on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray, we haven't seen much of her, but her day in the spotlight may be coming. At this point, it sounds like ABC's Agent Carter project is still in the early stages of development, however the latest update confirms that Captain America star Hayley Atwell would reprise her role as Agent Carter. The update also attaches Reaper creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas as show runners.
Talk of the Agent Carter potential TV series goes back to September, at which time not much was known about the project beyond the fact that it was inspired by the bonus feature included on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray. And that the story is set a year after the events of the first Captain America movie. The story would emphasize Carter's efforts to move on with her life and build her career as a secret agent.
Though rumored, Hayley Atwell's return wasn't guaranteed. THR says ABC's Paul Lee confirmed that Atwell is on board, should this project go to pilot. Atwell seems prime to star in her own TV show, and reprising her Captain America role seems as good a place as any to start. She's no stranger to TV work, or starring roles for that matter, as she played the role of Aliena in the miniseries adaptation of Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth. Her other TV credits include TV miniseries The Prisoner, TV movie The Shadow of the North and the BAFTA award-winning TV adaptation of William Boyd's book Any Human Heart.
THR also notes the additions of Butters and Fazekas, who will serve as show runners if the drama goes to series. In addition to creating the devilish comedy Reaper for The CW, the duo are also linked through a number of other series, including Hawaii Five-0, Terra Nova and the upcoming ABC drama Resurrection. They're also both tied to the Whedonverse through their work as consulting producers on Dollhouse. So the Agent Carter drama wouldn't be their first rodeo in terms of running a show or working on a drama that involves a strong female lead, which is encouraging.
We'll be sure to update you if and when ABC sends this project to pilot. In the meantime, if you haven't seen it, here's a clip from the Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter bonus feature:
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