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Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Nabs 'ER' Alumna as Its Agent

October 25, 2012 (2:41 am) GMT
Ming-Na is cast in the ABC pilot, which is based on Marvel comic books, as weapons expert Melinda May.

Joss Whedon has added another star to the cast ensemble of "S.H.I.E.L.D.". The filmmaker, who is on board to write and direct the live-action TV project, confirms that former "ER" actress has been tapped to take a lead role in the pilot.

The Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen of the NBC medical drama series will portray Agent Melinda May, an ace pilot, a weapons expert and a soldier who is described as being soulful but damaged by her time spent in combat. She'll join who has been earlier slated to reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson though the character died in "" movie.

"S.H.I.E.L.D." centers on the secret military law-enforcement agency headed by Nick Fury in the Marvel Universe. Despite the connection between the upcoming show and the superhero-ensemble feature film, it's believed the TV adaptation will not include the same characters.

Whedon teams up with his brother Jed and Maurissa Tancharoen to work on the script. Production on the live-action show, which is made under the "Avengers" helmer's exclusive three-year film and TV deal with Marvel Studios, is expected to start soon.

In addition to her "ER" role, Ming-Na is known for portraying Chun-Li Zang in "Street Fighter" movie and voicing Fa Mulan in "Mulan" films and "Kingdom Hearts" video game series. She also had regular roles on other TV shows namely "As the World Turns", "Vanished" and "The Batman". Her latest regular role was as Camile Wray on "".

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