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I consider myself a rather astute cinematic study and even I cannot fathom just what in the Hot Buttered Christ (HBC®) is going in this first footage from Lost River, Ryan Gosling’s surreal-looking directorial debut. From the feel of this minute (which, really, probably tells us nothing in the grand scheme of things) all I know is that Gosling is definitely following in the footsteps of Nicolas Winding Refn (with whom he made Drive and Only God Forgives) and not making an easily digestible piece of consumerist nonsense (like his pal Joseph Gordon Levitt’s debut Don Jon). Goofiest of all? The Doctor himself — Matt Smith — flexing his muscles as some sort of weirdo bully.

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Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. television project is underway and rumors put an airing date for next year.  But before shooting begins, the show needs a cast, right?  As it turns out, the top secret organization has just managed to secure its 6th and final agent.  Her name is Agent Skye and she’ll be played by Chloe Bennet of ABC’s Nashville.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the character of Skye is “…a confident woman who is slightly obsessed with superhero culture and the shadow organizations that exist within it. She’s edgy and can out-talk anyone with her unflappable nature…”

Well, there’s not much to be said for character descriptions this early on, especially when every single one of them sounds like a bad cop show stereotype.  Let’s hope Whedon breathes some new life into them so we don’t just end up watching CSI: Marvel.

Together with agents Melinda May (Ming-na), Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), Gemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), Leo Fitz (Ian De Caestecker) and Phil “It’s just a flesh wound” Coulson (Clark Gregg), the S.H.I.E.L.D. team is ready to go clean up some super hero bullshit.

 

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

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