Cobie Smulders Selected As 'Shield Agent Maria Hill' For 'The Avengers'
Reported by Outsiders - 09:08 PM 2011.02.07
Earlier last week, we reported
how Samuel L. Jackson gave 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.
According to Deadline
, Cobie Smulders is the front runner for the role of SHIELD Agent Maria Hill in the Joss Whedon-directed "The Avengers." 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.
Smulders was up against the likes of Morena Baccarin, Jessica Lucas and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. As with all Marvel movies, the deal comes with a pile of options for appearances in future superhero films. 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.