[Update]: The Hollywood Reporter has word that Smulders is in “final negotiations” to take on the role, a deal which has options for a number of future Marvel movie appearances. The Avengers is scheduled to start shooting in late April 2011.
Samuel L. Jackson was flapping his gum’s (No! That was not a racist joke. Jeez!) the other day on ‘Jimmy Fallon Live’ saying that his character Nick Fury would have a female side kick in Joss Whedon‘s ‘The Avengers’.
“I gotta screen test like five actresses on Friday. They have this new character that’s my sidekick or something, that’s with me all the time”
The Hollywood Reporter said the four actress’s testing for this ‘mystery’ role would be Morena Baccarin (Firefly, Serenity and is now seen on V), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother).
Well, the female role is apparently for S.H.I.E.l.D agent Maria Hill and Cobie Smulder‘s (who certainly has a Smouldering body. Her face, not so much). has emerged as the front runner.
Whoa. Didn’t see that coming. Thought for sure Morena Baccarin, who previously worked with Whedon on Firefly, would be the top pick. However, Whedon is also chummy with Smulders. She was one of his top choices back when he was attached to the the live-action ‘Wonder Woman’ flick, way back in the day.
Supposedly Smulders has read alongside Samuel L. Jackson for the roll of Maria Hill. This is pretty much confirmed and an official statement should be coming soon. Here’s what Deadline had to say:
“I’m hearing that How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders has emerged as the front runner for the role of SHIELD Agent Maria Hill in the Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers and that a deal could be done before the weekend is out”
Hill is a tough cookie in the Marvel Universe. She’s been an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., a director of S.H.I.E.L.D., a major player in the Civil War story line and much more. It’s uncertain how much of her S.H.I.E.L.D history will play into the ‘The Avengers’ narrative. Most likely it will be at an earlier point in the characters career. With the over run cast, she’ll probably only have brief scene and all of two lines.
Eh, I’m not a fan of Smulders. I’ve seen her on ‘HIMYM’ and she’s terrible at comedy. My opinion could change once I see her in leather, acting like a bad-ass.
The Avengers will be released by Disney May 4, 2012 and stars Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Bringing together ‘Earth Mightiest Heroes’ is, of course the beloved nerd saint, Joss Whedon.