Cobie Smulders Close to be Samuel L. Jackson's Sidekick in Avengers
Posted 02.05.11 by reelz
Fans of How I Met Your Mother know Cobie Smulders as the Canada-loving Robin Scherbatsky but movie fans might soon know her as Maria Hill.
Deadline is reporting that Smulders is close to being cast in the epic superhero movie The Avengers as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Maria Hill.
The casting news comes after Samuel J. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the Marvel universe, dropped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and spill the news that he would get a female sidekick in Joss Whedon's upcoming Avengers. Now, the role could be Smulders, who auditioned for the role Friday, within the week.
It wouldn't be the first time Smulders came close to joining the world of superheroes. She was a candidate for Wonder Woman when Whedon was working on that film project (which never left the ground).
So who exactly is Maria Hill? According to Wikipedia, Maria Hill was the former Director of the planetary defense/intelligence service S.H.I.E.L.D. and takes Fury's role after he's forced into hiding.
Apparently this news is disappointing for fan who were hoping Smulders would be cast as the Wasp but like EW pointed out, Whedon could take the character in an interesting direction.
Smulders apparently beat out Morena Baccarin (ABC's V), Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield), and Mary Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) for the role.
The Avengers opens May 4,2012 and stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow.
Next Showing: The Avengers
opens May 4,2012