Plans for the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series continue to build with the news, via THR, that Brett Dalton has signed on for the pilot, which Joss Whedon has written alongside Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.
The actor will portray Agent Grant Ward, who’s described as ‘a skilled rising star within the organization who is described as deadly, precise and cool under fire but lacking people skills.’. He joins Ming-Na as Melinda May, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons, and Ian de Caestecker’s Agent Leo Fitz. Initial casting breakdowns also featured an agent known as Skye, but so far nobody has been cast in that role.
Dalton isn’t a particularly well known actor, although he has guest spots on the likes of Army Wives and Blue Bloods, and is due to appear in National Geographic’s telepic Killing Lincoln next year.
Joss Whedon is also expected to direct the pilot episode, with production slated to begin in January. Quite when we’ll get to see it isn’t known yet.