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Marvel's Most Wanted is upping its comic book character ante.
The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off, currently back in the pilot stage at ABC, has cast Delroy Lindo in a role that Marvel Comics fans will be familiar with. Lindo will appear alongside Adrianne Palicki's Bobbi Morse and Nick Blood's Lance Hunter as Dominic Fortune, E! News has confirmed.
"Dominic Fortune carries with him a cunning and charm but also a dangerous edge that only Delroy could bring to life," Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television said in a statement. "We're thrilled to have him join the show."
The character first appeared in Marvel Preview #2 in 1975 and most recently appeared in S.H.I.E.L.D. #11, in a story drawn by his creator, Howard Chaykin. A costumed adventurer-for-hire and mercenary, Fortune's crossed paths with Mockingbird (Palicki) and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) in the comics, providing ample story for his transition to TV.
Marvel's Most Wanted has gone through a few pilot cycles in its development. When the spin-off was originally passed on last year, ABC boss Paul Lee admitted that there was still hope the series would come to fruition. The project seemed dormant until earlier this month when the network revealed during the 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour that they'd put it into development once more. "We're absolutely doing that one. I just announced that we're going to pilot on Marvel's Most Wanted, which is a spin-off," Lee told reporters. "We love the script. We think it's going to be great. We're doing that in the next few months."
Now that Lindo's been added to the cast, it seems as though the project is gearing up to head into production. Expect to hear about its fate come ABC's upfronts presentation this May.
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday, March 8 at 9 p.m. on ABC.