Ming-Na, formally of E.R. and Stragate Universe, has joined the cast of Joss Whedon’s upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series.
Agent Melinda May was originally known as “Agent Althea Rice” in the original casting sheet for the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot. Her character broke down read as:
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.
The new description from Deadline, which broke this news, has her listed as, “Soulful and slightly damaged by her combat experiences, Melinda is an ace pilot, a weapons expert and a soldier who can — and has — gone beyond the call of duty.” It sounds as though only her name has changed, which is not remotely unheard of at this early stage of development.
Ming-Na is the second actor to join the pilot with the first being Clark Gregg reprising his role as Agent Coulson. It definitely looks like the project is taking shape.