S.H.I.E.L.D. television series
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.
The new Joss Whedon S.H.I.E.L.D. television production is looming on the horizon of 2013, but it’s been a while since there’s been anyone talking about it. This time the information is coming to us via Clark Gregg, also known as “the ghost of Agent Coulson” or “zombie Coulson” or “robot-vampire-ninja Coulson” or whatever. Check it out after the jump.
I’m kidding of course. These days anyone talking to Joss Whedon is a Nerd Bastards article waiting to happen, not only is he the grand master of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he’s got The Avengers 2 and the pilot episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. on his plate. Still, he had a chance to talk with MTV News about all three, and while he didn’t spoil the pie, he’s offered some tasty morsels.
For instance, Whedon says that the script for The Avengers 2 is “a couple of months” away from completion adding his goal with the sequel is:
“Don’t go bigger; go deeper. All of these people have met, so you have that out of the way. Now you can spend your time just digging in — and by digging in, I mean with a scalpel, to cause pain.”
How about that S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot, what’s the progress with that Joss?
“[We start filming] a week from Tuesday. You have to bring a bit of spectacle to [S.H.I.E.L.D.]; it’s got to be bigger than your average cop show. But at the end of the day, it’s about the peripheral people. It’s about the people on the edges of the grand adventures. The whole point of the show is that even with all these big things, the little things matter. It’s about people who don’t have super powers. There will be some people with powers, there will be FX, and there will be the spectacle of science-fiction storytelling — but all played on a very human, small level. That’s the appeal of the thing.”
And since we’ve got you on the line, what does it mean to be the man in charge of the Marvel Universe?
“I read all the scripts and I give notes on everything. I’ll look at cuts when they’re ready to show me. I’ll talk to directors if they want to. I try to make myself useful without being intrusive. I’ve gotten to be a part of all of them. That’s a dream job for a kid like me.”
That’s a dream job for a lot of kids. You can see the full Whedon interview for yourself in the embedded video below.
Joss Whedon’s latest television project, S.H.I.E.L.D. is slowly moving forward and as this much-anticipated adaptation makes its way to the small screen, we at the NerdBastards are dedicated to bringing you the latest news about its progress. This week, a new agent jumps on board in the form of Brett Dalton.
Who is this guy? I’m not really sure, but apparently he’s done some smaller work around the television scene. I’m guessing his face will get a bit more familiar once S.H.I.E.L.D. is up and running.
But who will he be playing? Well, Agent Grant, of course, who is, according to the people that know these sorts of things:
…one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s highly-skilled rising stars. He’s deadly, precise, and cool under fire — but not so great with the people skills.
Dalton/Grant will be teaming up with Agent Melinda (Ming-Na), Agent Gemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent zombie-Coulson (Clark Gregg) to form the bulk of the S.H.I.E.L.D. crew.
Any more being signed up, Joss? Come on, you can tell us. Just send us a complete cast list already!
Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.