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Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Show Has Some Casting Announcements

We’ve been antsy to hear any news regarding Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. television show on ABC. Especially after we heard of Agent Coulson’s involvement. Today we found out two more actors have been cast. Who are they and who will they play? Read on to find out! 

Besides Clark Gregg returning as Coulson, we previously heard Ming Na of Stargate/ER fame had been cast as someone named Melinda May. Who will be joining them on set?

Actors Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker are the lucky ones. Or so we assume because we’re hoping this show becomes a huge hit, but you never know. “Henstridge will play science whiz Agent Gemma Simmons, while De Caestecker will play Agent Leo Fitz, a technology guru,” says the Hollywood Reporter. “The duo spend all their time together — mostly bickering — and are masters at a remarkably young age of  their respective fields.”

Those are two of the roles we saw casting notices for a while back but there are still quite a few unknown characters to be filled. Henstridge previously starred in Hollyoaks, while de Caestecker was in the BBC series, The Fades.

S.H.I.E.L.D. is probably set to start shooting in January. Are you excited?

(via MTV)

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  • Anonymous

    Any word yet on if this is set pre-Avengers or if Coulson survived? I love me some Coulson, but I’d really prefer the former.

  • Anonymous

    The part that’s disappointing is that for a brief moment, in that extra on the Avengers disc, we got Jasper Sitwell. It looks like none of the characters in that short will make it to the series. And That’s Terrible.

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  • Anonymous

    Anybody else worried that no famous name has been announced so far? I realize that was the case with every Whedon show (except maybe Dollhouse) but none of those shows got big ratings. With a superspy show set in the Marvel universe, you would think they would put all the odds on their side to make sure they have big ratings.

  • Christopher LaHaise

    Do they have to be famous to be good? :) I’d rather they bring fresh talent in.

  • Anonymous

    They don’t. I’m just scared of having another show I like being cancelled after just one season because of low ratings. It’s getting annoying.

  • Christopher LaHaise

    That’s certainly fair.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    Buffy and Angel got amazing ratings. They carried/jumpstarted an entire network.

  • Anonymous

    They got good ratings, but by WB standards only. It couldn’t compete with regular network shows and I always thought it could’ve been better with better marketing.
    On the other hand, BtVS was kind of an important show to me and I’m not always rational in my expectations.

  • The Lamb

    Except this show is attached to the gigantic franchise that made ALL THE MONEY in 2012. A franchise that Disney still has several more years invested in building it up more. Disney/ABC will treat it a lot better than FOX ever treated Firefly or Dollhouse. Hell, they’ll probably treat it better than The WB treated Buffy, for that matter.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with all of that, which is why the casting surprises me. The biggest name is definitely Clark Gregg, a little known actor that couldn’t have his own show playing any other character than this one. For a show we once thought Smulders or other Whedon regulars could appear in, I’m surprised they’re going the undiscovered route.
    Of course, I’m aware this is very early to jump to any kind of conclusion. I’ll have a more definitive opinion once the show really starts shaping up.

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  • Anonymous

    I’m hoping the cast is going to be a little more diverse than Clark Gregg, Ming Na, and a bunch of twenty-something whitebreads.

    Where are the bright young people of color SHIELD would need to successfully operate globally?
    Given Whedon’s penchant for recasting actors in different roles, perhaps this would be a good time to bring back Richard Brooks?

  • Laura Truxillo

    YAY! I’ve been waiting to see who the science duo would be!

  • Laura Truxillo

    I WANT SITWELL IN THIS SO MUCH! I loved Maximiliano Hernández in “The Consultant.” Still haven’t seen the other one, but he was just so gosh darned much fun. Coulson needs a right hand.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Clark Gregg did have a show playing a character very different from Coulson, actually. Well, it wasn’t “his” show, but he was part of the regular cast.

  • Mandy

    Sitwell needs more screen time!! (I believe he also was in Thor & not just the short FYI) But I want to learn more about this character! He intrigues me. Coulson & Sitwell in a sitcom, bring it on Joss.

  • Sara Green Williams

    I am stoked about Ming Na, I love her, and I wholeheartedly second some Richard Brooks action.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I missed him in Thor. What a delightful excuse to re-watch it.