Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Pilot Enlists 'Nashville' Actress


ABC has gone t Nashvill to round out the cast o JossWhedon' S.H.I.E.L.D pilot.

Chloe Benne has been tapped to join the cast o ABC's Marvel TV adaptation The Hollywood Reporte has learned exclusively.

The project from ABC Studios is based on Marvel Comics' secret intelligence organization that has appeared in countless titles includin Iron Man, Captain America n The Ultimates ince being introduced in the 1960s. The military law-enforcement agency's moniker stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate, which also has evolved over time in the comics.

Bennet becomes the sixth and final regular in the drama and will play Skye, a confident woman who is slightly obsessed with superhero culture and the shadow organizations that exist within it. She's edgy and can out-talk anyone with her unflappable nature.

The actress, who recurs as record company assistant Hailey on ABC's country music soa Nashville, joins a cast that include ER' Ming-Na s Agent Melinda May The Avengers'Clark Gregg s Agent Phil Coulson Killing Lincoln' Brett Dalton s gruff rising star Agent Grant Ward Elizabeth Henstridge s science whiz Agent Gemma Simmons an Ian D Caestecke as tech guru Agent Leo Fitz.  

Whedon is on board to co-pen the pilot alongside his brothe Jed Whedon nd Jed's wif Maurissa Tancharoen; the trio previously teamed on the three-part web serie Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Avenger an Buffy the Vampire Slaye mastermind Whedon will direct the pilot. The pilot -- and series, should it move forward -- is executive produced by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Tancharoen Jeffrey Bel and Marvel TV' Jeph Loeb.

Bennet is repped by CAA, Fewlas Entertainment and McKuin Frankel.