How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders has found a potential new home at ABC in drama pilot Stumptown. The new series - based on the graphic novels of the same title and created by Jason Richman - calls for a strong female lead as it follows private eye Dex Parios. Smulders has been signed to play the starring role.
After a successful nine-year run on How I Met Your Mother, Smulders’ fan base developed even further when she was cast as Maria Hill in The Avengers. Smulder would continue to reprise her role as Hill across the Marvel universe, appearing in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Infinity War and Spider-Man:Far From Home. Although future plans for Smulders as Maria Hill are still under wraps, the television world once again says hello to the actress, as she's now joined the cast of the ABC pilot Stumptown.
According to Variety, Stumptown is in the hands of executive producers Richman, Matthew Southworth, Justin Greenwood, Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and Greg Rucka - who penned the graphic novels.The plot is set to focus on Dex Parios (Smulders), who's a recently returned home Army vet with a sharp wit, assertiveness and inability to keep her personal life on track. While trying to create a new life in Portland, Oregon, Parious takes on work as a private investigator, with her complicated history slowing catching up.
As the premiere date of Stumptown gets closer more details will unravel, including the additional casting choices of who'll join Smulders as she locks down the layered and complicated leading role. If Stumptown gets the seal of approval from ABC and is ordered for an official season, the series would mark Smulders' first series-regular role since CBS sitcom HIMYM ended in 2014. Fans of Smulders did get a chance to see her work alongside Keegan-Michael Key and Fred Savage in Netflix’s Friends From College, but it was recently announced that the series was cancelled after two seasons.
With a show centering on Dex Parious, a female lead with a complicated history trying to get back on track after being immersed in a man’s world, the role is not for the faint of heart. After Smulders’ training from Los Angeles SWAT team for roles, and battle and perseverance with ovarian cancer, she has shown strength and formidable both capabilities onscreen and off. Smulders (and her unapologetic character) is no doubt up for any task, storyline and hurdles that the ABC pilot Stumptown will throw in her way.