Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot Completes Casting With Nashville Actress

SHIELD Pilot Casts Chloe BennetAnd the lucky person to fill the last spot in Joss Whedon‘s small-screen S.H.I.E.L.D. organization is… Chloe Bennet.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Bennet — who as of late has been recurring on ABC’s Nashville — has been cast on ABC’s Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot as Skye, who was initially described as “fun, smart, caring and confident – with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.” THR adds that this S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is also “slightly obsessed with superhero culture.”

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Previously booked for the highly buzzy pilot were ER alum Ming-Na (as former soldier Melinda May), Clark Gregg (reprising his Avengers role of Phil Coulson), British beauty Elizabeth Henstridge (as science expert Gemma Simmons), Scotsman Iain De Caestecker (as tech whiz Leo Fitz) and Brett Dalton (as cool-under-fire rising star Agent Grant).

Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon is directing the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot and co-wrote the script with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Filming is expected to begin in early 2013, for the coming pilot season and with its eye on a fall 2013 berth.

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  1. Mark says:

    When is Adam Baldwin going to be cast?

  2. J says:

    Literally days after HIMYM announces that this will be their final season, expected an announcement about Cobie Smulders.

  3. Cameron says:

    If ABC does take this pilot to series how much you want to bet that it will go head-to-head with The Big Bang Theory and 2 1/2 Men at 8 PM Thursday. I can see ABC putting a major series like this to possibly shore up it’s Thursday schedule where the stakes are already high for that night for that network.

  4. Srsly says:


  5. Ace says:

    Cobie, please.

  6. Zorkel567 says:

    All I care about is getting this series picked up. If both this and Amazon were picked up for the fall season, and with Arrow more than likely to get renewed right now, this would be a great thing for comic fans.

  7. Superhero says:

    Let’s see, a pretty woman on a Joss Whedon show. There’s approximately a 117% chance that I’m going to fall madly in love with her character.

  8. dude says:

    She’s really great on Nashville. I actually like Haley more than Scarlett.

    • Luli303 says:

      Totally agree!

    • dee says:

      I agree 100%

    • Nero theTVFiddler says:

      Yep, I agree as well – Chloe’s done a nice job on Nashville in a recurring role – would welcome her getting a regular-cast opportunity during pilot season. Will be keeping my eye out for ABC’s pilot list and SHIELD.

      I also noticed the posts regarding Cobie Smulders and the possibility of her joining this series. If that were the case, then I’m completely sold on this show – I’m all in – bring on this show to ABC asap. I’m assuming HIMYM will be coming back next fall/Season 9 for a final push to the series conclusion in 2014; I’m guessing Cobie will also be busy on the feature film side of the shop next year, but if she had at least a recurring role on this SHIELD TV series in season2, that would be pretty cool.

  9. Josh says:

    I’d love to see Nick Fury’s brother Jake on the show.

  10. Jake says:

    I was hoping that last spot was going to go to Summer Glau! hopefully Joss can bring her in for another main role. and i also wanted Cobie to be a main character in this, it would of been perfect but HIMYM is probably getting a Ninth season so maybe she can recur in season 1 and then be a main character in season 2.

  11. sounds like a POV character that the audience follows into SHIELD.

  12. Jared says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if ABC did schedule it Thursdays at 8pm. Why they think men watch ABC on that day and time is beyond me. If they were smart they would schedule it Sundays at 9 pm after OUAT.

    • Sg. Grant says:

      It needs to be scheduled Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 10/9c. Tuesdays would bring the guys watching both the NCIS shows to switch over, and Wednesdays would get the Arrow and Supernatural guys to just keep watching tv but switch to ABC.

      • Alan says:

        no network would put a new show against ncis as long as its the highest rated show on tv, thats just going to kill any new show dead

    • mia says:

      Its Joss, he has such a HUGE built in female audience already. Its sad that the male audience is more valued.
      It would pair great after OUAT though

    • Renee says:

      That would put it against Sunday night football. Which would be a bad thing.

  13. Loolip says:

    Only way for this show to make past the pilot/first season, is to stay away from Summer Glau and cast Joshua Jackson – I swear, he is, like, her opposite in blessing the show/movie franchisee haha. Just look the score :D DC, TMD, and Fringe which should be canceled by poor ratings long time ago ago, but is in final season. That’s rare.

  14. Mikael says:

    Amy Acker as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman!!!

  15. Frankieboy says:

    Eliza Dushku… please!

  16. Anna says:

    This looks like the cast is gonna be awesome! I’m looking forward to this show!

  17. Matt says:

    Chloe has a goofy looking face.

    • Alan says:

      looks damn fine to me, you sure we are looking at the same smoking hot woman

    • Nero theTVFiddler says:

      The photo of Chloe shown in this article may not do her complete justice…not that many photos of her on web either. Check out and view some of the prior Nashville episodes to see Chloe – she’s introduced in episode from Oct 31, 2012 [We Live in Two Different Worlds] , and is also in the Nov 28,2012 episode [Lovesick Blues]. Cute lady, and good actress.

  18. I'll be watching says:

    Don’t recognize any of the cast members (except for the obvious one of course) but the name Joss Whedon is enough to make me tune in once a week. Never read the comics, so I’ll be interested to see what this acronym’d group does exactly when our super-powered friends aren’t assembled.

  19. K says:

    You’re not Summer Glau.

    • Alan says:

      back in world war two with the rest of the howling commandos

      • Sure — we saw him in the Captain America movie, right? Not to get to Comic-Book-Guy on this, but in standard Marvel continuity, Dum Dum, like Fury, survived (his aging slowed artificially, like Fury) well into the present day and works as an agent of SHIELD. Why not have him in the SHIELD TV show? :-)

        • Alan says:

          probably because neal mcdonough is a busy guy who does lots of other work, most notably at the minute on frank darabont’s new show la noir. also because it hasnt been established that ageing can be slowed in this universe yet and something like that is a little too complex to get into with the beginning of a brand new show. plus you dont want viewers to have to be familiar with a relatively minor character from a movie, hoping they know who coulson is is more than enough of a leap of faith to take. never mind that they dont want to possibly get in the way of what could be planned for the character in future captain america movies

  20. Jason says:

    Bummer! No Whedon regulars! Where is Juliet Landau when you need her!!

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