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Morena Baccarin and Mary Elizabeth Winstead Among 'The Avengers' Shortlist

February 4, 2011 (10:05 am) GMT
Along with Jessica Lucas and Cobie Smulders, the 'V' star and the 'Scott Pilgrim' actress are said to join screen test for the role of Nick Fury's sidekick.
Morena Baccarin and Mary Elizabeth Winstead Among 'The Avengers' Shortlist

Gearing up for the production of "" which reportedly will start this April, Marvel Studios is said looking for an actress to fill one of the final roles. Some names which have surfaced in the contention are , , and .

The girls on the shortlist are unveiled by The Hollywood Reporter after said on "" on Wednesday, February 2, "I gotta screen test, like, five actresses on Friday. They have this new character that's my sidekick that's with me all the time." Also on the talk show, the actor confirmed that he will reprise his role as Nick Fury on "" and "".

The foursome is reportedly still negotiating their test deals, which include a nine-picture option. Previous rumors said the role would be Janet van Dyne aka the Wasp who is a member of Avengers team, but Marvel declined to comment.

Morena Baccarin stars in TV series "" and once worked with "The Avengers" director Joss Whedon on "Firefly". Mary Elizabeth Winstead played Ramona Flowers in "" and lands role in upcoming "" remake. Jessica Lucas appeared on "" and will be next seen in "". Meanwhile, Cobie Smulders is famous for her role on "".

"The Avengers" will bring together the superhero team of Marvel Comics characters for the first time ever as they are forced to band together to battle the biggest foe they've ever faced. Beside Samuel L. Jackson, , , , , , and have also been officially announced as the cast members.

May 4, 2012 will be the day when this action superhero film hits U.S. theaters.

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