Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot Adds Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker

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As production on the pilot for Joss Whedon’s Marvel S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series gears up to begin in January, two more actors have been added to the cast.  Clark Gregg is already set to reprise his role as Agent Coulson in the pilot, and Ming-Na (ER) was recently set as one of the show’s leads, a pilot and weapons expert named Agent Melinda May.  Now THR reports that Elizabeth Henstridge (The Thompsons) and Iain De Caestecker (The Fades) have been added to the cast.

Both actors are relative newcomers to U.S. audiences, but Henstridge will play “science whiz” Agent Gemma Simmons, while De Caestecker is set as tech guru Agent Leo Fitz.  The two “spend all their time together—mostly bickering—and are masters at a remarkably young age of their respective fields.”  Whedon is writing the pilot alongside his brother Jed Whedon and Jed’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen, and he’ll also be directing as well.  Should the pilot be picked up to series, the show will likely premiere Fall 2013 on ABC.




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  • Strong Enough

    I’m guessing Zack Whedon is the retarded brother who doesn’t get along with his family

  • Grayden

    Did S.H.I.E.L.D. change its name? In the first Iron Man, I thought Coulson called it “Strategic Homeland Intervention (something) Logistics Division.” The new title seems…odd.

    • Leo

      Ya the original name was Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division. It was changed in 1991 to Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate. (Wikipedia)

      Both of those names sound too stupid for movies set in real life and would have stuck out like a sore thumb in the original iron man film so they changed it to whatever the new name is, I’m too lazy to try and find the video with the name for the cinematic universe.

      But the name you are seeing is a picture from the comics which I assume still uses the 1991 name because its comics and they can get a way with stupid things like giving government agency title the word Espionage.

    • Grimcicle

      Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division.

      S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • Masshuu il Thulcandra

    GULP! Now this is starting to sound like a Saturday Morning kids show. I thought we learn our lesson about teen geniuses ala ‘Wesley Crusher’ of STNEXTGEN. Please say it isn’t so!

  • Leo

    Ya the original name was Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division. It was changed in 1991 to Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate. (Wikipedia)

    Both of those names sound too stupid for movies set in real life and would have stuck out like a sore thumb in the original iron man film so they changed it to whatever the new name is, I\’m too lazy to try and find the video with the name for the cinematic universe.

    But the name you are seeing is a picture from the comics which I assume still uses the 1991 name because its comics and they can get a way with stupid things like giving government agency title the word Espionage.

  • Brandon Avery

    Is this supposed to be a prequel to the AVENGERS? I ask b/c agent could on died in the AVENGERS and now he’s character in this series…

    Someone please shed some light…

    • Grimcicle

      No one knows for certain, but keep in mind that this is the Marvel Universe we’re talking about; no one ever stays dead.

  • Brandon Avery

    Is this supposed to be a prequel to the AVENGERS? I ask b/c agent could on died in the AVENGERS and now he\’s character in this series…

    Someone please shed some light…

  • Brandon Avery

    Yeah but when a normal human has a blade go through his back & out his chest, pronounced dead then jumps back takes away the entertainment value a little…

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