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'S.H.I.E.L.D' Casting Update: Joss Whedon Nabs 'ER''s Ming-Na Wen

By Alicia Lutes, Hollywood.com Staff

Joss Whedon's forthcoming ABC pilot everyone hopes becomes a series, is starting to shape assemble itself a cast! Deadline is reporting that Whedon has recruited ER alum Ming-Na Wen as a lead for Marvel's drama TV pilot, S.H.I.E.L.D.

Whedon is co-writing and directing the project, based on the peacekeeping group featured in this year's The Avengers, as well as the comic books. Wen is slated to play Agent Melinda May, a soulful-if-slightly-damaged pilot, weapons expert, and soldier. Her combat experience—though damaging—have made her the best in the business. The pilot's original casting breakdown had the character named Agent Althea Rice, aka The Calvary. Wen will be joining Clark Gregg, reprising his part of Agent Phil Coulson from Iron Man, Thor, and The Avengers.

Whedon is co-writing the pilot with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Ming-Na Wen also performed on Syfy's Eureka and Stargate Universe.

What do you think about the casting choice? Are you excited for S.H.I.E.L.D.? Let us know in the comments!

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