'ER's' Ming-Na Joins ABC's Joss Whedon Pilot 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Ming-Na Headshot - P 2012

Ming-Na Headshot - P 2012

ABC's Joss Whedon pilot S.H.I.E.L.D. has added another agent to its ranks.

ER alum Ming-Na has boarded the Marvel TV adaptation, The Hollywood Reporterhas confirmed.

From ABC Studios, the project is based on the long-running comic created by Jack Kirby and revolves around the secret military law enforcement agency dubbed S.H.I.E.L.D., which stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate.

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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 BlogAvengers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer mastermind Whedon will direct the pilot, should his schedule permit.

Ming-Na will play Agent Melinda May, an top-notch pilot, weapons expert and soldier who is described as being soulful but damaged by her time spent in combat.

She joins Clark Gregg in ABC's S.H.I.E.L.D. The New Adventures of Old Christine star will reprise his Avengers role as Agent Phil Coulson.

Na's credits also include Eureka, Stargate Universe and Two and a Half Men. She's repped by Innovative, Kritzer Levine and Jackoway Tyerman.

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Production on the live-action project will begin immediately, with the Whedon brothers and Tancharoen executive producing alongside Jeffrey Bell and Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb.

S.H.I.E.L.D. marks Whedon's return to the small screen. He most recently served as showrunner onDollhouse, in addition to cult favorites Buffy andFirefly. Tancharoen and Jed Whedon were writer-producers on Dollhouse as well as Starz'sSpartacus.

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In the comics, S.H.I.E.L.D. revolves around unit director Nick Fury, who recruits Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk and Thor to form a team to stop Thor's adopted brother Loki. The organization made its debut in Strange Tales #135, which was published in August 1965.

ABC ordered the project to pilot in late August, just three weeks after Disney CEO RobertIger announced Whedon would create a Marvel-related TV series for ABC.

Whedon has already signed on to direct Disney's The Avengers 2, set to bow May 1, 2015. 

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