Joss Whedon is nothing if not a creature of habit. The famed director is known for using his favorite cast members in project after project (as his upcoming feature adaptation of 'Much Ado About Nothing' starring former 'Angel' cast members Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker). Well 'Angel' alum J. August Richards didn't snag a role in Whedon's Shakespeare, but he found another spot for the actor: Richards has joined the cast of Whedon's upcoming action drama series 'Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.'
Richards joins an already stellar cast of Clark Gregg, who returns as Agent Coulson, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May and Chloe Bennet as Skye.
'Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.' is based off of the Marvel Comics property that appeared in Whedon's summer blockbuster feature 'The Avengers.' The same agency that is directed by Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) is coming to the small screen, showcasing espionage tactics in a world of superheroes and supervillains. 'Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.' filmed a pilot earlier this year and it seems likely that the show is headed to series--especially considering the project is adding to their cast. Joss Whedon directed the pilot and co-wrote it with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.
Richards recently appeared on the series 'Raising the Bar.'