You think of all of the young actors trying to make it in movies, and they likely all look to Ryan Gosling as the model, considering how well he has done without losing his indie cred. That makes Iain De Caestecker the luckiest young guy, in that Gosling chose him for the lead of his directorial debut, How To Catch A Monster. Gosling undertook a wide search but chose De Caestecker to play Christina Hendricks’ character’s son, a loner with an active imagination who is the catalyst for this film. De Caestecker is a Scottish actor who played the male lead in two high-profile BBC series: the BAFTA-winning The Fades and Young James Herriot. He starred opposite Alice Englert in the thriller Fear which played at Sundance and next stars with James McAvoy and Jim Broadbent in Filth. He’s done well in a short time in the U.S. On his first trip to Los Angeles, and landed a series regular role on the Marvel/ABC/Joss Whedon pilot S.H.I.E.L.D., which is going to series. So even though right now this guy is a walking typo to people like me, soon we might all be able to spell his name without looking it up. Anonymous Content, WME and Hamilton Hodell rep him.
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Four years after Disney bought Marvel, ABC appears poised to launch its first Marvel series. Mining Marvel’s universe for primetime has been a priority for ABC and Marvel Television. Their Avengers-themed effort, pilot Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D, from The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon, became the first to go to pilot and, unless some calamity occurs, seems destined to go to series. “How wonderful is it,” ABC topper Paul Lee said at TCA today. “My boss Bob Iger buys Marvel… Now we’re not just able to use the Marvel brand but the Avengers franchise for a show.”
Corporate synergy certainly plays a factor in S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s prospects. “We haven’t yet seen the pilot but we’re very hopeful that it would go to series,” Lee said during the ABC executive session. “I don’t want to jinx it we’re very excited about it.” After the session he revealed that Whedon “is already working on (extra) scripts for the series.” S.H.I.E.L.D. is envisioned as a long-time player. “We’d love to see S.H.I.E.L.D. go not just from pilot to series but to last a long time,” Lee said. He said that Whedon “is very engaged” with the project and “is enjoying” returning to television.”
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Clark Gregg will reprise his Iron Man, Thor and Avengers role as Agent Phil Coulson in the upcoming TV pilot for ABC, Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel Entertainment’s Jeph Loeb announced the news today during the company’s panel at New York Comic-Con. The pilot resurrects the Coulson character, who died in The Avengers. Gregg showed up unannounced to discuss his role as Principal Coulson on Ultimate Spider-Man. He then introduced a video in which Marvel’s The Avengers director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talked about the actor’s participation. Whedon is co-writing the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.
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EXCLUSIVE: ABC has ordered a pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D, a live-action series from The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon, Marvel TV and ABC Studios. The project is based on Marvel’s peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D (which stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate or Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) found in both the Marvel comic book and feature film universes, including the blockbuster 2012 movie The Avengers, in which S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury, recruits Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor to stop Thor’s adoptive brother Loki from subjugating Earth.
S.H.I.E.L.D. will be written by Whedon and frequent collaborators, his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Joss Whedon also is set to direct the pilot, schedule permitting. Production on the pilot, which marks the first live-action Marvel TV project to get a green light, will start immediately. Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Tancharoen executive produce with Jeffrey Bell and Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb.
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