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Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot adds 'Nashville' star Chloe Bennet

Date December 19, 2012

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Chloe Bennet is moving from "Nashville" and into far stranger territory.

Bennet, who has a recurring role on the ABC drama "Nashville" as Hailey, has been cast in Joss Whedon's superhero pilot "Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.," which is being written by "Avengers" writer-director Whedon, his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen ("Dollhouse").

Bennet, who also goes by the name Chloe Wang but is billed as Chloe Bennet on "Nashville," will play Skye, a young woman who's fascinated with superheroes and the organizations that spring up around them, an individual with knowledge of the casting told TheWrap.

The actress joins a cast that also includes "ER" alum Ming-Na, who'll play agent Melinda May, and Clark Gregg, who played S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Agent Coulson in "The Avengers."

The Whedons and Tancharoen will also executive-produce the project, along with Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb of Marvel Television, if it goes into production, and Joss Whedon is also attached to direct, schedule permitting.

The project comes from ABC Studios and Marvel Television.

Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of Bennet's casting.

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