November 27, 2012 3:57pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Pilot Adds 'Killing Lincoln' Actor
ABC's Joss Whedon pilot S.H.I.E.L.D. has enlisted another agent.
Killing Lincoln's Brett Dalton has boarded the Marvel TV adaptation, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The project from ABC Studios is based on Marvel Comics' secret intelligence organization that has appeared in countless titles including Iron Man, Captain America and The Ultimates since being introduced in the 1960s. The military law-enforcement agency's moniker stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate, which also has evolved over time in the comics.
Dalton will play Agent Grant, a skilled rising star within the organization who is described as deadly, precise and cool under fire but lacking people skills.
He joins a cast that includes ER's Ming-Na as Agent Melinda May, The Avengers' Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Elizabeth Henstridge as science whiz Agent Gemma Simmons and Ian De Caesteckeras tech guru Agent Leo Fitz.
Whedon is on board to co-pen the pilot alongside his brother Jed Whedon and Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen; the trio previously teamed on the three-part web series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Avengers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer mastermind Whedon will direct the pilot if his schedule permits.
Dalton, whose credits include Army Wives and Blue Bloods, is repped by Gersh and Brookside. He next appears in National Geographic's telepic Killing Lincoln, due next year.
TV Line first reported Dalton's casting.