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Actresses being looked at for female "sidekick" for nick fury

Post  webhead2006 on Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:20 am

Twitter user, Elmayimbe, who just happens to be a writer for Latino Review, has been updating his account with hints that he may know who this female character could be, and her casting specs.


"I been tracking the female sidekick role in Avengers for months. Its not The Wasp. They are going to cast an unknown...no name actress. All of her scenes are only with Sam Jackson, which leads me to believe the female sidekick is one of shields administrative characters. They were looking at Asian and white girls. Sam Jackson DID NOT want an african american sidekick. There is an unknown actress who had callbacks that Joss liked. Calm down folks, it aint gonna be action heroine type role. The breakdown said administrative. Sam Jackson blew my cover."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/heat-vision/v-star-morena-baccarin-actresses-95741?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
'V' Star Morena Baccarin Among Actresses on 'Avengers' Shortlist (Exclusive)February
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Getty ImagesMarvel is conducting screen tests Friday for one of the final roles still looking to be cast in The Avengers, the all-star superhero ensemble being directed by Joss Whedon. Last night Samuel L. Jackson revealed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon it is that of his "sidekick."

V star Morena Baccarin is on that list. Also said to be vying for the part are Jessica Lucas, Cobie Smulders and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who are still negotiating their test deals for the part of a key member of the espionage agency run by Nick Fury, played in the Marvel movies by Jackson. Some earlier speculation pegged the role to be that of Avengers team member Janet van Dyne/the Wasp, but Marvel declined to comment.

[Pictured, clockwise from top left: Baccarin, Lucas, Smulders and Winstead]

The test deals for the role involve a nine-picture option, so whoever snags the role has a chance to be seen in subsequent Marvel movies. There is also a 30-day hold on the actresses.

Baccarin, repped by ICM and Seven Summits, may have an edge since the actress did star in Whedon’s short-lived sci-fi TV series Firefly and its subsequent film spinoff, Serenity.

Lucas, repped by Gersh and Thruline Entertainment, was one of the stars of Melrose Place, appears in TV’s Friends With Benefits and has a role in Big Momma’s House 3.

Smulders, repped by UTA and Roar, is best known for her work in CBS' How I Met Your Mother.

Winstead, who played Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, next stars in Universal’s The Thing, the remake of the 1982 John Carpenter horror movie. She is repped by CAA.

The casting of the female actress will serve to (slightly) even the gender odds in male-heavy cast. Scarlett Johansson (as the Black Widow) is the only notable female in a roll call that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Jackson (Nick Fury), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor).

Avengers is slated for a start in late April.

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Re: Actresses being looked at for female "sidekick" for nick fury

Post  webhead2006 on Sat Feb 05, 2011 1:04 pm

so it looks like the sidekick role is maria hill, and cobie smulders seems to be the frontrunner for the role According to deadline:
http://www.deadline.com/2011/02/cobie-smulders-closes-in-on-avengers/
Cobie Smulders Closes In On 'Avengers'
By MIKE FLEMING | Saturday February 5, 2011 @ 10:52am EST
Tags: Agent Maria Hill, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Jessica Lucas, Jimmy Fallon, Joss Whedon, Mark Ruffalo, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Morena Baccarin, Nick Fury, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, SHIELD, The Avengers, Tom Hiddleston, Wonder Woman

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I'm hearing that How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders has emerged as the front runner for the role of SHIELD Agent Maria Hill in the Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers and that a deal could be done before the weekend is out. The role has been the subject of high speculation since Samuel L. Jackson gave it up in an interview with Jimmy Fallon that he would be reading as Nick Fury alongside five actresses vying for an unidentified female sidekick role. That audition happened yesterday. Reports had V's Morena Baccarin, Jessica Lucas and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as other candidates. Smulders wasn't completely unknown to Whedon. In fact, he liked her as a candidate for Wonder Woman when he was working on that superhero film. Deadline has learned that the role is Maria Hill, who in the comics was the ruthless interim executive director of SHIELD, who was not above blackmailing and bullying superheros to get her way. She was eventually supplanted in that top job by Tony Stark aka Iron Man. As with all Marvel movies, the deal comes with a pile of options for appearances in future superhero films. She's repped by UTA and Roar. Marvel Studios starts production in April, which presumably falls into Smulders' TV hiatus on the CBS sitcom.

The Avengers will be released by Disney May 4, 2012, and it shapes up as the equivalent of a superhero All Star game written and directed by a filmmaker beloved by the geek crowd. Robert Downey Jr brings his Iron Man character, Jeremy Renner is Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson is Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth is Thor, Mark Ruffalo is Bruce Banner/The Hulk, and Chris Evans is Captain America. Tom Hiddleston is Loki and Clark Gregg reprises the role of SHIELD agent Phil Coulson that he played in the last Iron Man.

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