The list of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents keeps growing.
The Hollywood Reporter announced today that 49-year-old actress Ming-Na Wen, best known for NBC's E.R. and as the lead of Disney's animated movie Mulan, has signed on for the ABC television pilot S.H.I.E.L.D., based on the Marvel Comics property. Avengers movie director Joss Whedon is slated to co-write and direct the pilot.
She will play a new character called Melinda May, who was not included with the previous list of casting details leaked earlier this month. May is described in the article as "a top-notch pilot, weapons expert and soldier" and "being soulful but damaged by her time spent in combat."
This is the second cast role in the pilot, with the first being actor Clark Gregg reprising his role as Agent Phil Coulson. It's not yet known how Coulson will be featured, considering that his character was presumably killed off in the first Avengers movie. It's possible Coulson could appear in some form of flashback sequence prior to his death, or since this is S.H.I.E.L.D., perhaps the villain Loki murdered a Life Model Decoy duplicate instead.