Joss Whedon Talks S.H.I.E.L.D. Casting, Characters
With production finally finished for his much-hyped S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot, Joss Whedon can finally get around to addressing questions of casting for the series and whether or not we'll see some familiar faces from the Marvel universe.
In a talk with TV Line, Whedon cautioned fans to expect "not a ton" of actors reprising previous roles:
Right now, I want to involve people in the characters that we've created for the show, and then we’ll worry about [the other stuff].
Rumors had been circulating that actress Cobie Smulders might temporarily jump the How I Met Your Mother ship to come on board S.H.I.E.L.D., at least to cameo in a few episodes. But Whedon points out her schedule "will permit very little" involvement, but that if she ever has some free time, he'd love to have her show up in his world.
Still, Whedon is absolutely pumped about his show, which will be unlike anything currently on TV:
I'm excited about the show because it's a very hopeful show. It's not about murder, and it's not about crime, and it's not people looking into their own belly buttons. It's about people who are trying to help each other, and that's one of the things I loved about comic books. They had costumes and the villains were cool [but] they stood for something, and I like doing a show that does that....We're trying very hard to be true to [Marvel's] ethos and also to the structure of their universe. So it is definitely a Marvel show.
Currently, the only confirmed familiar face we'll see from the Marvel 'verse is Clark Gregg, who will be reprising his role as the veteran Agent Phil Coulson. Other cast members include former ER alum Ming-Na Wen (as ex-soldier Melinda May), Chloe Bennet of Nashville (playing the superhero-obsessed Skye), the gorgeous Elizabeth Henstridge (as scientist Gemma Simmons), Scotsman Iain De Caestacker (as tech-head Leo Fitz) and Brett Dalton (rising hotshot Agent Grant).
Whedon is excited about introducing all of these new characters to audiences, and explains why it's not always necessary to limit characters and their world to one fans already know:
You look for the best person for the role, and if that person is someone you already know, then great. That's some work done for you. But as much as I would love to — and once did — make a movie just with my friends, you always want to increase the family.
No word on when the release date is set, but with production being wrapped up and ABC fast-tracking the pilot, we can expect to see it on our airwaves much sooner than anticipated.
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