J. August Richards, best known to fans of The Great And Powerful Whedon as Charles Gunn: The streetwise vampire hunter turned brain-boosted lawyer on Angel, will be joining the cast of Marvel’s highly anticipated TV series S.H.I.E.L.D.
Richards exact role, and whether it will be recurring or just for the pilot, has yet to be revealed. All that is known is he will appear in the series opener in what TVLine describes as a “Super Top Secret Role”. SHIELDtv.net was the first to break the story…and apparently felt the need to include a note from the editor assuring readers that the news was not an April Fool’s Day prank (and a weak jest it would have been at that: Nothing on the level of Lady Gaga playing Dazzler in the new X-Men flick).
The S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot is already in the can, and we expect to hear that ABC has picked up the series any time now. The show is tentatively scheduled to begin airing this fall.