Joss Whedon has recruited ER alumna Ming-Na for one of the leads in his ABC drama pilot Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D., which he is co-writing and directing. The project, from Marvel TV and ABC TV Studios, is based on a peacekeeping group found in both the comic book and feature film universes, including the blockbuster 2012 movie The Avengers.Eep! I was already pretty stoked about this show even before I found out Ming-Na was going to be in it, and now I am Officially Excited. It sounds a little bit like she might be playing a Starbuck-ish character, right? Yes, please!
Ming-Na will play Agent Melinda May. 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. The character was originally listed on the pilot's casting breakdown as Agent Althea Rice, aka The Cavalry. Ming-Na is the second actor cast in S.H.I.E.L.D., joining Clark Gregg, who is reprising his Iron Man, Thor and Avengers role as Agent Phil Coulson.
In case I need to establish my Ming-Na fan credentials, I will report that I have loved her ever since I first saw her as Trudy on the short-lived Jonathan Silverman 90s sitcom The Single Guy.
It was like Friends, but with Ernest Borgnine.
"Why the fuck were you watching The Single Guy?!"—Deeky.
"Shut up, buttfor!"—Me.
ANYWAY. People with slightly better taste in television may remember Ming-Na as Dr. Chen on ER or Camille Wray on SGU Stargate Universe.
Ming-Na Fun Fact: She was also the voice of Mulan!
In summation: Bring on Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.!!!