Watch With Amanda: Casting News for Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story and Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D.

Sons of Anarchy has already introduced numerous notable guest stars in their current 5th season including Jimmy Smits, Harold Perrineau, Joel McHale, Ashley Tisdale, and Walton “Venus” Goggins, but Executive Producer Kurt Sutter isn’t done yet. The series has just announced Dave Navarro will show up in an upcoming episode playing a member of the Byz-Lats who works closely with Jimmy Smits’ Nero. No word on how many episodes he will be around for. Also just announced by EW.com, Canadian actor Donal Logue (who last appeared in the FX series Terriers) will play a brilliant and dangerous U.S. Marshal named Lee Toric who is forced into retirement because of his history of violence. He’ll appear in the drama’s final three episodes of the season. EW.com also just released an exclusive image of Logue as Toric. Do you think Toric will be on or against team SOA?
In other casting news, American Horror Story has added another original alum to enter the second season’s Asylum. Dylan McDermott, who played leading man Ben Harmon during Season One is officially returning, Ryan Murphy revealed Wednesday via Twitter. Details surrounding McDermott’s role are being kept secret at the moment, but he joins a killer cast that includes his original Horror Story cohorts Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe. Let’s not forget the new additions, Oscar nominee James Cromwell, Big Love’s Chloe Sevigny, FlashForward’s Joseph Fiennes, Maroon 5 frontman/Voice judge Adam Levine and French actress Lizzie Brocheré,  Britne Oldford, Clea Duvall, Jenna Dewan, Franka Potente, Mark Consuelos, Mark Margolis, Ian McShane and Eric Stonestreet. Read BBP’s recap of the first episode of the new season here!

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige made an exciting announcement at New York Comic Con this past weekend that Agent Phil Coulson played by Clark Gregg will appear in Joss Whedon‘s Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot for ABC. Gregg has previously played Agent Coulson on the big screen in the Iron Man movies, Thor and, most recently, The Avengers. “Did you ever think there would be a S.H.I.E.L.D. show without Agent Phil Coulson?” Feige stated on Saturday. Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., is currently being executive-produced by Joss Whedon, his brother Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb, and being written by the Whedons and Tancharoen. The live-action pilot title is an acronym for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, a covert organization run by Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury in the Avengers movie. No word on any further casting for the show but TVLine had obtained the casting details for the pilot which includes the following characters:
SKYE: This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident – with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.
AGENT GRANT WARD: Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.
AGENT ALTHEA RICE: Also known as “The Calvary,” this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.
AGENT LEO FITZ and AGENT JEMMA SIMMONS: These two 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.
Are you excited for the pilot? Who would you like to see in those roles?

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