Exclusive: Joss Whedon's Red-Hot S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot Adds 'Deadly' New Agent

SHIELD TV show Brett DaltonRelative newcomer Brett Dalton has joined the cast of Joss Wedon’s ABC pilot Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., TVLine has learned exclusively.

The highly anticipated project is based on a peacekeeping group that appeared in various Marvel comics and in the summer blockbuster film The Avengers, which Whedon wrote and directed. The title’s acronym refers to a secret peacekeeping organization called  Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

Dalton, whose credits include guest stints on Army Wives and Blue Bloods as well as a supporting role in National Geographic Channel’s forthcoming telepic Killing Lincoln, will play Agent Grant, one of  S.H.I.E.L.D.’s highly-skilled rising stars. He’s deadly, precise, and cool under fire — but not so great with the people skills.

Dalton joins previously cast Ming-Na and Clark Gregg, the latter of whom will reprise his big-screen role of agent Phil Coulson.

Whedon, who is directing the pilot, co-wrote the script with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. If ABC orders the pilot to series, all three will serve as exec producers alongside Jeffrey Bell and Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb.

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  1. Rrrrrr says:

    Does anyone think this show will actually make it to air? Not that I’m against it, it’s just that big concept shows like this never really make it. Wonder Woman comes to mind. Charlie’s Angels failed miserably. Then again this show actually has someone who knows what they’re doing behind it in Joss Whedon, so who knows?

    • Gene-Ohh says:

      It will get at least the 13-episode order and make it to air. The question should be, will it be good enough to sustain an audience to get the back-9 and make it through a season?

      • Blake says:

        It’s Joss’s show, and he just gave Disney, which owns ABC, The Avengers and he is going to be making The Avengers sequel. What Joss wants now, he can ask for and it will be given to him. Also, imagine how many fanboys and fangirls, not even including fans of the movies, will tune in.

    • Zorkel567 says:

      As has been said, this show will almost definetly make it to air. Based on the third higest grossing movie of all time, this show will probably get a 13-episode season. Wether or not it will succeed is the bigger question…

    • Superhero says:

      It’s connected to one of the highest grossing movies of all time. The same guy who made that movie, and who also happens to have made some of the most popular cult shows of all time, is behind it. Words cannot describe how big a moron you would have to be to pass on it.

    • Lauren says:

      Comments like this make me question free speech, lol.

    • Alan says:

      its connected to the third most successful movie of all time, being executive produced by the guy who wrote and directed said movie. im fairly certain its going to air, and it will air with a giant marketing campaign which will practically guarantee it will do well in its early episodes, then its just down to how well written and acted it is to sustain it going forward. bottom line expect this in the fall next year

  2. Dan says:

    Have faith in Joss. He will deliver!

  3. Joss Whedon has had one successful TV show and that only worked because it was on a network that 5 people watched and he managed to get 3 of those people. Everything else has failed miserably.

    • Blake says:

      Buffy. 7 seasons. Angel. 5 seasons. Firefly. Now a cult show. When it comes to movies: The Avengers. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. The Avengers sequel which he is also writing and directing.

      • Tommy says:

        Not to mention a Bidding war between 4 different networks for Buffy the Vampire Slayer when it’s initial contract expired.

    • Samantha says:

      He had a show go for 7 seasons and another show go for 5, had the biggest grossing movie of the summer AND a critical darling hit in theaters at the same time this year, and inspires loyalty in fans and cast and crew members. PLUS he’s got the faith of Disney behind him now, with a contract through 2015. Pretty sure this’ll do okay.

    • Ivy says:

      you’re an idiot.

    • Alan says:

      one show lasted 7 seasons, another show lasted 5 seasons, another has gone on to become a cult hit which draws in new viewers all the time and even had a movie made to finish its stories. also i forgot to mention the huge bidding war that went down when the 7 season show switched channels during its run. not to mention the guy just wrote and directed the third most successful movie of all time and has the full weight of disney behind him for this show. yeah clearly everything has failed miserably, go back under your bridge troll

    • Connie Damron says:

      Spoken like a person who is green with envy and has the maturity level of a prepubesent slug.

      Josh is a “genius”. I can only hope that the powers that be will come to understand that it is his love and respect for our childhood heros and his talent for knowing just how to showcase his projects that make everything that he touches solid and good. My heart breaks when I think of the projects that have suffered because someone else was at the helm. “Joss, you rock. I watch everything you do and man,you get it!”

      I especially like the loyal following that he has garnered from the actors that have worked with him. That says it all.

  4. Four out of five main characters have been cast, that leaves female lead Skye to be announced now.
    Summer Glau as Skye, make it happen Joss!

  5. Kyle says:

    How come no one has begged to ask the question or at the very least speculated as to HOW agent coulson is in the show seeing as how he “died” in the avengers?

    • Samantha says:

      There’s a whole subset of the fandom speculating as to how he’s survived: life-model decoys, maybe he’s the superhero Vision, maybe since we didn’t ACTUALLY see his body later they were able to revive him, etc. etc. I’m sure it’s something that’ll be addressed almost immediately – it’s Marvel. No one stays dead except for Uncle Ben.

    • Rock Golf says:

      3 words: Life Model Decoy. Google it.

    • Isaac says:

      Also, there’s never been a guarantee the movie and TV series are in the same continuity. Think Buffy the movie versus Buffy the show

      • Ryan says:

        Or it could be a prequel series to Avengers, set post-IM1 (when they got the acronym) and takes place during TIH, IM2, Thor and the present day scenes of CA:TFA, as sort of a “what else was going on while the Avengers were being built”.

    • Blake says:

      Either big reveal he didn’t die in The Avengers, and Fury just let them believe he died, like he did with Cap’s trading cards, or this show will take place before The Avengers and we all know what Coulson’s fate will eventually be.

    • Viv says:

      It’s comic book reasoning and Joss Whedon. Remember, Buffy died twice. Earth logic doesn’t apply.

    • Alan says:

      three words “comic book death”, go look it up on wikipedia

  6. Renee says:

    Don’t know if he can act, but he sure is pretty. And Joss can generally pick them.

  7. trev says:

    Enver Gjokaj needs to be in this

  8. Sheldon W. says:

    So, a brown-haired version of Clay Quartermain, then?

  9. Tony says:

    Wonder if Cobie Smulders or even Sam Jackson will drop by once in a while?

  10. OMG says:

    I think with all the Avengers hype, this series is likely to do well, especially in the 18-49 demographic it so caters to. Perhaps this is what ABC needs to get the men to start watching the network, and launch other male-related shows.

  11. Jared says:

    If ABC were smart they would only order a 13 episode first season and launch it mid season. This gives the series time to really spend close attention to special effects and get the storyline tight so there isn’t any filler episodes. This has the potential to be a huge show for the network.

  12. pmill says:

    Get Alexis Bledel and Adam Brody for the hot, geeky sibling-like duo. It would be only fitting, they ARE after all arguably THE hottest TV geeks in history.

    • Ace says:

      Hmm. I could be on board with this, I think. It’s been too long since Adam Brody’s been on my TV, and considering their resumes, there’s no question he and Alexis could handle Joss’s dialogue.

    • Rachel says:

      I thought they already cast those two roles…I know it isn’t on here but I thought I saw something….

  13. jayjay says:

    Jeffery Bell worries me though. He ruined the 4th Season of Angel and the last season of Alias.

  14. Ace says:

    Dear Santa Joss,

    Here is my Christmas wish list for SHIELD:

    1. Cobie Smulders
    2. Enver Gjokaj

    I have been a very good girl this year (assuming “good” is measured in number of Avengers tickets purchased).


    • Alan says:

      once the whole “is this the last season of how i met your mother” drama is finished we should no when cobie will show up.
      as to enver it would make a lot of sense since he cameoed in the avengers, theres a built in backstory there, maybe he could show up late season one as a recurring and get promoted for a potential season 2

  15. Max says:

    It’s Joss Whedon. It will be brilliant and then get canceled right away. Cursed.

    • Alan says:

      so buffy didnt last 7 seasons and angel didnt last 5 then. also there is the whole connected to the third highest grossing movie of all time, and they have the whole weight of the disney marketing machine behind them. bottom line there is a 99% chance this will do well, the world has woken up to the genius that is wheadon

    • Isaac says:

      It’s a show based on a comic from a Disney-owned company aired on a channel also owned by Disney. I don’t see much danger there.