The Hollywood Reporter is saying that the cast of Joss Whedon‘s upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot just got bigger by two with the addition of British actors Elizabeth Henstridge and Ian De Caestecker. Henstridge will play scientist Agent Gemma Simmons, while De Caestecker will play Agent Leo Fitz, a techno-whiz. Both actors will join the previously cast Ming-Na and Clark Gregg in the proposed ABC series.
Now before you say, “who the heck are Elizabeth Henstridge and Ian De Caestecker?” you should know that they are relative newcomers. Henstridge’s credits include the TV Movie Shelter, and the features Delicacy and The Thompsons. De Caestecker, meanwhile, has a bit more of a high-profile resume with appearances on the long-running British soap Cornonation Street and the film Little Vampires. More recently, he appeared on the series The Fades and Lip Service.
Apparently the two characters Simmons and Fitz spend a lot of time together, and given their mutually nerdiness can we assume that there might be some shipping afoot with this pair if the show goes to series? Or are they the Willow and Xander of the show? Platonic sidekicks backing up the hero at the drop of a hat? And, oh yeah, what’s the deal with Coulson going to be?
More news as it develops.
Source: Bleeding Cool