The Hollywood Reporter announcing that the relatively-unknown Brits Elizabeth Henstridge (Hollyoaks, The Thompsons) and Iain De Caestecker (16 Years of Alcohol, Coronation Street) have signed on to portray S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Gemma Simmons and Leo Fitz.
According to a previously released casting call, the duo - collectively referred to as 'Fitz-Simmons' - "came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies – she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry."
Henstridge and De Caestecker join Ming-Na Wen's (Stargate Universe, Eureka) Agent Melinda May (previously named Althea Rice) as newcomers to the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement Logistics Division alongside Clark Gregg, who is set to reprise the role of fan-favourite Agent Phil Coulson from the Marvel Cinematic Universe features Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor and The Avengers.
The S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot is set to be directed by Joss Whedon from a script by Whedon, his brother Jed Whedon and sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen. With filming expected to take place in January, expect casting announcements on the remaining roles in the very near future...