‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV Show Casts ‘Nashville’ Star Chloe Bennet

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 12th, 2013 at 6:09 pm,

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At the box office, 2012 was most definitely the year of The Avengers. The Marvel blockbuster not only outperformed other notable hits like The Dark Knight Rises and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, it provided a launching pad for Marvel’s second round of films and an upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. series from Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon.

With an expected premiere in fall 2013, the project is coming together at a very steady pace. Clark Gregg is already onboard to resurrect fan favorite character Agent Phil Coulson, and the four actors who will take on the previously-announced new characters have already been cast. Now we can add one more performer to that ever-growing list.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chloe Bennet is joining the cast of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Skye, described as “a confident woman who is slightly obsessed with superhero culture and the shadow organizations that exist within it.” Bennet currently has a recurring role on ABC’s Nashville, but she will take on a regular role on S.H.I.E.L.D., completing the show’s initial main cast.

Marvel SHIELD Pilot Agent Coulson S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Show Casts Nashville Star Chloe Bennet

From a storytelling perspective, it makes perfect sense for the series to include a character outside the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization itself, to serve as a proxy for fans. Plus, one can only imagine that Skye will be gifted much of the comic-relief, pop culture-heavy dialogue as past Whedon creations like Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Xander and Dollhouse‘s Topher.

Considering that Marvel has thus far opted for a lighter shade of adventure than the dark, gritty approach that DC is taking with its properties, the addition of a character like Skye sounds like a good way to keep that spirit alive. The question is whether or not – especially with the dry humor of Gregg’s Coulson already part of the formula – the show will overdo the comic element of the series and end up becoming a parody of itself.

Do you think the character of Skye will be a fun addition to S.H.I.E.L.D.? Or would you rather the show’s focus remain solely on the agents themselves? Let us know in the comments.

As previously mentioned, S.H.I.E.L.D. is expected to premiere on ABC in fall 2013.

Source: THR

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  1. sweet

  2. Those actors are all so young :(
    Do we have some real mature people in there ?

    • Gregg is 50 and Ming-Na is 49.

      • Thanks for the info ! Sounds better !

  3. If the show is well written, this character could be great, and honestly a realistic component of the superhero scene. Sounds like it could be great fun. I love gritty seriousness and Nolanisms as much as anyone, but Arrow is proving hard for me to get into or like.

    • I’m totally a Marvel guy but I love Arrow.. Great show!

      • Forgot to add, I’m also really pumped about S.H.I.E.L.D. also. I’m curious as to what it’s going to be like week to week. Does anyone have any insight as to what to expect from this show? Is it going to revolve around super hero’s or just threats in general?

  4. I think Skye rocks. She will be the best new character on TV.

  5. from everything I’ve read the cast will b dealing with non-titular marvel characters in a parallel arc with the movies even tho it seems they’ll never truly cross paths on the show but it is perfectly reasonable to see the show stars in the movies

  6. A little fun never killed anyone. The Avengers appealed to all ages, so why shouldn’t the S.H.E.I.L.D. TV show too? What I’m hoping for are little hidden references to Firefly, like in Castle.

    • I don’t feel you should make that comparison. Remember who The Avengers are, what they stand for, & who their enemies are. I don’t believe they can or maybe should create a similar atmosphere for Fury’s agents. What they stand for would automatically make me think that they’ll go for a less “lighter” tone than what they did with “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” on the big screen.

  7. Where in her description does it implicitly state that the character will be used for comic relief? Is that just pure conjecture based on past Whedon shows? From what we knoe of her, the character comes across as the go to person for knowledge on supers and its various inworkings and secret organisations.

    Happy that they directly mention these “organizations” do hope we’ll be seeying alot of hydra and aim. In that sense could be very reminicent of many shows that had these spy and covert ops competing against each other. Throw into the occasional super villain one offs and you’ve got something that familiar yet new.

  8. I have no words how friggin’ excited I am for this show!!

    2013 is going to be another epic Marvel year, IM3, Thor2, SHIELD… so good!!