'S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV series from Marvel, Joss Whedon casting five key characters

joss-whedon-shield-series-gi.jpgMarvel and Joss Whedon may want to keep their ABC TV series pilot "S.H.I.E.L.D." as top secret as possible, but you know that any weekly show set in "The Avengers" universe is going to stir up a massive amount of interest.

Details are already leaking out about five key characters set to appear in the series written by Whedon, his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. None of the characters are familiar from recent Marvel films or comics, suggesting the "S.H.I.E.L.D." series will carve its own creative path. That sounds like a smart way to go to prevent continuity headaches with all the hit films still coming fast and furious out of Marvel.

Here's the casting info on the five new characters:

Agent Grant Ward: A gruff, anti-social manly man in his early 30s who's great at his job but not so great at getting along with his coworkers. Ward has a strong moral foundation and isn't without his charm.

Skye: A quintessential Whedon woman, Skye is described as "bubbly and goofy" but "also warm, edgy and witty." She's in her late 20s and can more than hold her own in any situation.

Agent Althea Rice (a.k.a. The Cavalry): A strong, silent type, still damaged by harrowing combat duty, Rice is in her late 30s and is both an ace pilot and a weapons expert.

Agent Leo Fitz and Agent Jemma Simmons: A twosome so connected to each other they're known as "Fitz-Simmons." They're in their late 20s but already highly respected agents. Nerdy yet attractive, they bicker like brother and sister. His specialty is weapons, gadgets and cutting edge technology. Hers is life sciences (both human and alien).

Who do you think would be a good fit for these roles? Any familiar faces from the Whedon-verse?
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