More facts about Joss Whedon's highly anticipated small screen treatment of the popular comic book series (and quasi-Avengers spin-off) S.H.I.E.L.D. are coming to light this week. The last word from the Whedon camp was that the universe of the series would not coincide with the characters of the 2012 blockbuster film, which left many questions in the heads of fans as to just what this show had in store. Well, today character sketches have been published through TV Line, offering a first look at the heroes the show will revolve around. Shall we take a lookee?
SKYE | This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident—with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.
AGENT GRANT WARD | Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.
AGENT ALTHEA RICE | Also known as “The Calvary,” this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.
AGENT LEO FITZ and AGENT JEMMA SIMMONS | These two came through training together, and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies—she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.
Now as this is a Joss Whedon show, it should of course not only be thought of as taking place within the Marvel Universe, but also within the Whedon-verse. Yes, it's no small secret that Joss casts his projects from a very specific reserve of actors who bear the physical characteristics and endearing personality quirks that compliment his unique brand of Whedon-tainment, so let's take a stab at casting this ourselves? Shall we?
Well, good sense tells us that the role of Skye is probably going to go to Eliza Dushku (Buffy, Dollhouse), although there's a few wrenches that could throw off our calculations. Dushku may have some baggage in the eyes of TV fans for playing the lead in one too many failed shows, and Dollhouse is pretty much Whedon's biggest bomb to date. Also, given how hot Whedon is these days and the continuing trend of major big-screen stars coming to television in droves, perhaps we'll see an actress in the vein of Jessica Alba or old Whedon muse Sarah Michelle Gellar in the role. Both have been largely out of the limelight for the past few years, and could use a series like this to jumpstart their careers.
In the role of Agent Grant Ward, the square jawed Adam Baldwin, from Angel and Serenity fame, seems like a perfect fit, but so does former Dollhouse cast member Tahmoh Penikett, as well as Serenity's Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Serenity's Summer Glau seems like a lock for Agent Althea Rice, as "quiet and damaged" fits the majority of the characters she plays to a tee, although Kristen Connolly from this year's Whedon produced Cabin in the Woods is a possible left of center contender.
And finally in parts of AGENT LEO FITZ and AGENT JEMMA SIMMONS. we're going to go with Serenity/Dollhouse veteran Alan Tudyk, and everybody's favorite uber-nerd girl Felicity Day, two actors who have long been favorites within the ever-expanding Whedonverse, and are more than equipped comedically to take on the roles that seem on paper to be the main characters providing comic relief.
Who do you think should star in these roles?