The S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series is certainly coming together. The pilot already has Ming-Na and Clark Gregg attached, and now THR reports that two British actors have signed up for this expansion of the Marvel universe, Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker.
The actors will play Agent Gemma Simmons and Agent Leo Fitz, who both came up through the academy together and spend a majority of their time with each other. While that might sound like a recipe for romance, a recent character breakdown describes their relationship as being more like siblings, and they spend much of their time bickering. Gemma is a science expert, with Leo specialising in technology.
This will be Henstridge’s first major mainstream role, although she has filmed a role in the upcoming Tooting Broadway and appeared in a couple of episode of Hollyoaks. Caestecker is best known for The Fades and Young James Herriot and will shortly be seen in the mini-series, The Secret Of Crickley Hall.
Joss Whedon will direct the pilot episode S.H.I.E.L.D, and is also writing the pilot script with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. It isn’t known when production will begin on this highly-anticipated pilot.