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

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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.



Comments (54)

  • When is Adam Baldwin going to be cast?

    Comment by Mark – December 19, 2012 05:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ^THIS infinity…along with Yvonne Strahovski

      Comment by Chris – December 19, 2012 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree with both posts above me…LOL.

        Comment by Tater – December 20, 2012 01:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Unfortunately he’s in The Last Ship, a pilot for TNT.

      Comment by Teag – December 19, 2012 08:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Sometimes isn’t there a clause that allows them to do broadcast TV and cable?

        Comment by Mark – December 19, 2012 08:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My thoughts exactly!

      Comment by Lisa Caroline – December 31, 2012 06:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Literally days after HIMYM announces that this will be their final season, expected an announcement about Cobie Smulders.

    Comment by J – December 19, 2012 05:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Damn, I sure hope so.

      Comment by April – December 19, 2012 06:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Season 9 will be the last season, for sure. Cobie Smulders will then join SHIELD’s second season.

      Comment by Teag – December 19, 2012 08:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Cameron – December 19, 2012 06:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i can see this being a monday nighter linking up with castle, just seems like a natural pairing to me

      Comment by Alan – December 20, 2012 11:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SUMMER.
    GLAU.

    Comment by Srsly – December 19, 2012 06:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This! And Adam Baldwin (I know it has been said, but, it needs repeating).

      Comment by mo – December 19, 2012 06:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No.

      Comment by Mark – December 19, 2012 08:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cobie, please.

    Comment by Ace – December 19, 2012 06:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Zorkel567 – December 19, 2012 07:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Superhero – December 19, 2012 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • and then he will slowly destroy her life piece by piece, causing you to hate how good he is at what he does

      Comment by Alan – December 20, 2012 11:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And then kill her off just as she achieves happiness!

        Comment by Jason – January 24, 2013 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She’s really great on Nashville. I actually like Haley more than Scarlett.

    Comment by dude – December 19, 2012 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree!

      Comment by Luli303 – December 19, 2012 09:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree 100%

      Comment by dee – December 20, 2012 04:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Nero theTVFiddler – December 20, 2012 05:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d love to see Nick Fury’s brother Jake on the show.

    Comment by Josh – December 19, 2012 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Jake – December 19, 2012 08:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Pass on Summer Glau.

      Comment by Sg. Grant – December 20, 2012 04:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • sounds like a POV character that the audience follows into SHIELD.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – December 19, 2012 08:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • she definitely does have an audience surrogate sounding personality

      Comment by Alan – December 20, 2012 11:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Jared – December 19, 2012 08:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Sg. Grant – December 20, 2012 04:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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

        Comment by Alan – December 20, 2012 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by mia – December 20, 2012 05:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That would put it against Sunday night football. Which would be a bad thing.

      Comment by Renee – December 20, 2012 05:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Loolip – December 20, 2012 02:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Amy Acker as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman!!!

    Comment by Mikael – December 20, 2012 08:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • no acker for wasp

      Comment by Alan – December 20, 2012 11:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliza Dushku… please!

    Comment by Frankieboy – December 20, 2012 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This looks like the cast is gonna be awesome! I’m looking forward to this show!

    Comment by Anna – December 20, 2012 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Chloe has a goofy looking face.

    Comment by Matt – December 20, 2012 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • looks damn fine to me, you sure we are looking at the same smoking hot woman

      Comment by Alan – December 20, 2012 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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 abc.com 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.

      Comment by Nero theTVFiddler – December 20, 2012 08:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by I'll be watching – December 20, 2012 09:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You’re not Summer Glau.

    Comment by K – December 20, 2012 11:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i’m glad she isn’t. Chloé Wang/Bennett is FIIINE!

      Comment by qO_ol – February 23, 2014 10:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHERE IS DUM DUM DUGAN?

    Comment by Matthew Wayne Selznick – December 28, 2012 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • back in world war two with the rest of the howling commandos

      Comment by Alan – December 28, 2012 02:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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? :-)

        Comment by Matthew Wayne Selznick – December 28, 2012 03:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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

          Comment by Alan – December 28, 2012 03:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • I wasn’t really that invested in the question, Alan — half kidding (as evidenced by the all-caps). Thanks for going down the rabbit hole with me for a while, though! :-)

            Comment by Matthew Wayne Selznick – December 28, 2012 04:38 PM PDT  
  • Bummer! No Whedon regulars! Where is Juliet Landau when you need her!!

    Comment by Jason – January 24, 2013 02:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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