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S.H.I.E.L.D. Scoop: Meet the Members of Joss Whedon's New ABC Pilot!

S.H.I.E.L.D. your eyes if you don’t want to be spoiled, because we’ve got some cool info about Joss Whedon‘s forthcoming project.

TVLine has obtained casting details regarding the ABC pilot, which is helmed by the Avengers writer/director and based on a peacekeeping group that appeared in both the summer blockbuster and various Marvel comics.

The live-action pilot’s title is an acronym for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, a covert organization run by Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury in the movie.

Buffy creator Whedon is tentatively set to direct the pilot; he’s also slated to write the series with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.

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Among those fighting the good fight:

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.

What do you think of these character outlines, TVLiners? Who would you like to see cast in the roles? Hit the comments and sound off!

 

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245 Comments
  1. Adele says:

    Enver, Enver, Enver – give the boy a job! He do anything they need him to do.

  2. Totally watching this, but… what exactly does SHIELD do? If a typical day in the office is anything like the Item 47 short film, then… the show is Fringe. Fringe with funnier dialogue and more guns/kung fu.

  3. Paul says:

    Keepin’ it 100% Whedon…

    Skye = Summer Glau
    Ward = Adam Baldwin
    Rice = Amy Acker
    Fitz = Enver Gjokaj
    Simmons = Dichen Lachen

  4. Fox says:

    Skye – Kristen Bell
    Grant Ward – Joel Kinnamon
    Althea Rice – Yvonne Strahovski
    Leo Fitz – David Anders
    Jenna Simmons – Amy Acker

    I’m hoping these are fake names used for casting but really we will be seeing actual S.H.I.E.L.D. agents like Clay Quartermain, Abigail Brand, Jessica Drew, etc.

  5. Bob says:

    Surely a soldiers character isn’t known as a hill the romans crucified people on…..more likely she is known as “The Cavalry”. You know, as in the horse mounted warriors of yester-year.

    One of my pet peeves, every god damn show on the planet that tries to use the term cavalry uses Calvary instead. Quick! Call in the hill!!!! That will show them.

  6. The Klingon Sgt says:

    DB Woodside for Grant

  7. Aleana says:

    Bethany Joy Galettoi as Skye
    James Lafferty as Agent Grant Ward
    Eliza Dushka as Agent Althea Rice
    Amy Acker as Agent Jemma Simmons
    Alexis Denisof as Agent Leo Fitz
    Or
    Summer Glau as Skye
    Thomas Decker as Agent Grant Ward
    Clear Duvall as Agent Althea Rice
    Shiri Appebly as Agent Jemma Simmons
    Jason Behr as Agent Leo Fitz
    The last two played Max and Liz on Roswell I might have spell their name wrong
    Erica Durance as Agent Jemma Simmons
    Tom Welling as Agent Leo Fitz

  8. Seth Gabel as Agent Leo Fitz. Seems like he would fit the part.

  9. Jj says:

    You got the Roswell names right, Aleana! Would love to see them back together on a show!!

  10. Shane Saylor says:

    What happened to Clay Quartermain, Jasper Sitwell, Daisy Johnson and Jimmy Woo??

  11. I’d like to see Natalie Morales (Wendy Watson from “The Middleman”) and Ellen Wong (Knives Chau from “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”) in the cast.

  12. Meager says:

    Tom Welling!

  13. Morgan W says:

    I’m thinking maybe Fran Kranz or Alan Tudyk for Leo, and maybe Kristen Connolly for Jemma.

    Christina Hendricks for Althea, but that might be redhead overload with Kristen as well. I could also easily see Gina Torres or Charisma Carpenter. Who knows? Maybe a newbie.

    Tahmoh Penikett is Grant. I can easily see that.

    For Skye, I think having a veteran Whedonverse actress may take away from the character, but I could be wrong. If I were choosing from the veterans, I’d say either Summer Glau, or Dichen Lachman.

    Since I’m assuming this is supposed to tie in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I wonder if we’ll see more of Enver Gjokaj’s NYPD Cop character, and Ashley Johnson’s Beth character from Avengers.

  14. liz says:

    Dream cast:

    Althea = Michelle Rodriguez
    Ward = Jeffrey Dean Morgan
    (Everyone else I don’t care)

  15. Meerna says:

    Tahmoh Penikett as Ward and I would love to see Enver Gjokaj again regularly on a TV series!

  16. Tater says:

    My Dream Casting for S.H.I.E.L.D. (As of right now……)

    SKYE………………………………………………. Yvonne Strahovski
    AGENT GRANT WARD……………………….Adam Baldwin
    AGENT ALTHEA RICE………………………..Eliza Dushku
    AGENT LEO FITZ……………………………….Zachary Levi
    AGENT JEMMA SIMMONS…………………Summer Glau

    The only way this could get better is if the plan is to get Fitz, and Skye together…LOL.

    • D says:

      Zachary Levi’s already playing Fandral in Thor: The Dark World. I doubt that they’d cast him in two different roles in the same shared universe

      • Tater says:

        That true, But Chris Evans is Captain America and The Human Torch/Johnny Storm …..So with a little behind the camera magic I think they could pull it off with Zachary.. Plus he has facial hair a Fandral..So if he was Agent Fitz just have him be clean shaven..lol.

  17. Jamie says:

    *Facepalm* It’s Marvel, not DC comics.

  18. Alex says:

    My wishlist, I’d be fine with any of these actors!

    Skye = Dianna Agron (I’d kill to see her work with Joss!!), Yvonne Strahovski
    Agent Ward = Enver Gjokaj, Jamie Dornan, Tahmoh Penikett
    Agent Rice = Cobie Smulders, Eliza Dushku, Mia Kirshner
    Leo Fitz = It has Fran Kranz written all over it lol, but I’ll add Seth Gabel and Tom Lenk just for good measure ^^
    Jemma Simmons = Amy Acker, Felicia Day, Autumn Reeser

    /dreaming

  19. ogy86 says:

    Definitelly Summer Glau to one of the female roles and would love to see Adam Baldwin there.

  20. RyanC says:

    I think Chyler Leigh would make a pretty good Skye actually.

  21. Summer Glau could very well play Skye.

    I will not make the mistake to mix up the description of the role and the real Summer; that’s where acting come into play.

    Joss Whedon discovered her in Angel (her first role) and must have appreciated her performance since he hired her in Firefly, then in Serenity inwhich she was clearly the break-out character.

    That a brilliant writer like Josh Friedman hired her for the pivotal role of Cameron in TSCC says volume about Glau’s ability to play complex characters.

    Did i mentioned that Whedon hired her in Dollhouse the minute she was available for a role? I have no doubt about Summer’s talent; she has played two of the most iconic characters in recent sci-fi history and is beloved by many fans for a reason. Some may like her looks while some may not but her talent is not debatable.

    Back to SHIELD cast : i guess a lot of people will be disappointed when the cast will be announced, including me.

  22. Peyton says:

    Do you mean the Cavalry? A military unit requested for emergency back up?? Or The Calvary a hill in Jerusalem where Jesus of Nazareth was sacrificed?

  23. Emanda says:

    Erica Durance as Skye

  24. jrm says:

    Mark Vallery as Grant. Human Target needs a job.

  25. EveatEden says:

    What’s the time line on this? Is this for next season?

  26. Kiki says:

    Hey people in a bubble – Yvonne Strahovski has work, she’s doing this season of Dexter. So, well, kind of busy.

    • Tater says:

      She is only going to have a small multi episode arc…..So if by some chance they don’t kill her off at the end of her scheduled episodes She will still likely have an opening… Besides she will all but certainly have finished filming her 4-7 episode arc by the time they get S.H.I.E.L.D. ready to star filming.

  27. Jessica says:

    Is it me, or does Althea seem almost written for Gina Torres?

  28. Anyone else just imagining the Firefly cast…? No? Just me. Okay.

  29. Toni says:

    I don’t know about all of them but I think Arielle Kebbel would make a good Skye. I would love to see Mark Pellegrino as Ward, as well.

  30. Rain says:

    After reading all the comments with suggestions of people for the cast I have to say the casting on this is going to be 100% the deciding factor on if I watch it or not. There are a ton of suggestions here that would absolutely ruin the show for me.

  31. Kate Garner says:

    I am all about Adam Baldwin, he simply equals awesome.

  32. Velvet says:

    I would love to see Adam Baldwin and Amy Acker get a good regular gig. I can take take or leave Eliza Dushku. I never liked her as Faith on Buffy. She was a good fit for Dollhouse. I def want more James Marsters on my TV.

  33. Velvet says:

    JAMES MARSTERS

  34. liz says:

    erica durance and tom welling are terrible…i pray joss keeps them far away from this series.

    i would love to see eion bailey in this since it looks like pinocchio’s not a regular on Once anymore, and surprise…he is a whedon alum from buffy.

    • Sarah says:

      Yes TOM Wellinng. Tom is not Tom is not ‘terrible! terrible are the actors who work with the help of powerful friends and rich! Tom is a good actor honest!!!!!

  35. Renee says:

    I cant see eliza dushku in a show where she isnt the lead, not a co star tho i can see adam baldwin in this. Hes totally SHIELD material

  36. Liz says:

    If How I Met Your Mother finishes this year we could even see Cobie Smolders’ Maria Hill! I would like to see some Joss Whedon regulars in there, but maybe only side characters.

  37. Nick R says:

    Skye: Katherine Isabelle. No question.

  38. Mikael says:

    It’s upsetting that it seems like they’re using all original characters and none from the Marvel universe. Where is Clay Quartermaine? And they don’t all need to just be plain SHIELD agents. How about introducing Spider-Woman?

  39. Nina says:

    Erica Durance as Althea Rice and Yvonne Strahovski as Skye.

  40. Sonia says:

    Yes I want Tom Welling on my television! TOM is a fantastic actor and has a lot of charisma and charm.

  41. Sarah says:

    Alexis denisof for agent grant!

  42. Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. Also, Kristen Bell!

  43. Nola says:

    Tom Welling forever! Adam B. born 1962 Tom W. born 1977

  44. Shaun says:

    Mockingbird isn’t in this?SHIELD is semi interesting and all,but you need someone to stick out from the regularness of SHIELD agents!!

  45. markus wallace says:

    My wife just jumped in with Ian Somerholder, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, think I see a trend forming? No care that they are doing their own shows, great in any role she said…….. ! Bless :) some Firefly cameos would be good I think, but some great shows have been pulled up short this last year, good list to choose from so id not be surprised to see new faces?

  46. mawhi says:

    Dichen Lachman! For Grant, Jesse Williams – he can leave Grey’s. This is more important. Also Amy Acker. Gina Torres.

  47. Vbear says:

    Jon Bernthal for Grant

  48. Susan says:

    TOM WELLING for agent Grant! OK!

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