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It Looks Like J. August Richards Is Luke Cage In First FULL Trailer For ABC's 'S.H.I.E.L.D'

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 14, 2013 4:35 PM
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They don't mention his name in trailer, but it looks like he very likely is Luke Cage.

Recapping... last month, it was announced that Joss Whedon's former Angel cast member, J. August Richards, was re-teaming with the director, to play what was then being referred to as "a super top-secret role" in the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series.

As you'd expect, fanboys and fangirls immediately started speculating on what that secret role could be. Many believed he was brought in to play a younger Nick Fury

Why Whedon wanted it to be kept under-wraps, especially when we know what roles the other actors are playing, I don't know. 

But maybe after taking a look at the below first FULL trailer (after the short 30-second teaser yesterday) for the upcoming series, those of you who are intimately familiar with the S.H.I.E.L.D. universe, will be able to make more certain guesses... maybe.

Richards features a lot more in this trailer - which is likely all from the pilot episode, and doesn't necessary mean he's in for the long haul.

The espionage and secret military law-enforcement agency in the Marvel Comics Universe, known as S.H.I.E.L.D, is heading to ABC as a serial, with Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed the big-screen version of The Avengers, shepherding, along with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse).

Here's ABC's official synop:

Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet—the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). Their initial investigations lead them to civilian computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet). Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of Super Heroes, aliens and the unusual—of action, spectacle and world spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered S.H.I.E.L.D agents—that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world.

It'll likely be featured during this summer's Comic-Con event. 

ABC has set Tuesdays at 8/7c as the series' air date and time starting this fall, and I'll take a guess and say that they'll probably rule their time-slot.

Watch the new 3-minute trailer below:

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  • VichusSmith | May 14, 2013 9:42 PMReply

    I still don't think it's Cage, even though falling from such a height would lead me to believe that he's Cage.

    Could be just a made up character for the show, or a hero I'm not thinking of. I don't know. I guess I just think that Cage is a more physically imposing guy.

  • Jug | May 14, 2013 4:46 PMReply

    Feels reeeeally CW. Kinda underwhelmed at this point. Not too mention it's got an 8pm time slot...yeah :-/

  • Akimbo | May 15, 2013 6:39 PM

    Cinematography is way too bright and glossy for the CW; definitely looks like an ABC production to me.

  • Jug | May 14, 2013 5:23 PM

    Josh, you have a point. The problem is, this is the PILOT. It's what you show to your buyers at the upfronts to say "this is what we're all about-give us money." Now obviously, this is an already bought sold property, but the idea is still the same. Give your best invitation up front-or at least a pretty well laid out road map. If that was the case, we'd watch every single show. Oh who am I kidding, I'll probably watch it LOL because I love Marvel, but now after being excited for so long, I'm pretty "meh"

  • Jug | May 14, 2013 5:19 PM

    Well, by CW I mean "Young skewing, Female and White". And that's not from my mouth, that's their mandate. You look at the other Marvel properties, they feel more mature, juuuust this side of edgy and they're interesting. Even Whedon's other properties felt like that, namely FIREFLY (which was on FOX along with DOLLHOUSE btw). You mean to tell me that out of this whole secret organization, the main agents that are going to help tackle the most sinister villains in the world are 12! They literally wrote and cast each age bracket. Don't get me wrong, it's Going. To. Kill. But as far as being on a consistent level with IRON MAN or AVENGERS...doubt it. Just feel like there's going to a nice cheese factor to it that will happen sooner rather than later.

  • Josh | May 14, 2013 5:16 PM

    All the footage we are seeing is just from one episode, so I'm not going to make any rash judgments. Looks like they actually did some filming in Paris. What I really want is for them to get Derek Luke and the rest of the Howling Commandos together for a WWII flashback episode.

  • Nadia | May 14, 2013 4:56 PM

    Lol @ Jug. Welp, it's Whedon. Didn't all his past series broadcast on the WB & UPN?

  • TedTheodoreLogan | May 14, 2013 4:51 PM

    What's wrong with the CW? Smallville was great and so far, so is Arrow. S.H.I.E.L.D. looks terrific too.

  • Josh | May 14, 2013 4:43 PMReply

    Lot of speculation now that he is "Rage", a teen who gets powers after exposure to toxic waste. If you look closely at the Marvel comic book flipping logo you can see him. This makes sense as I suspect we will be getting mainly the obscure characters in this series.

  • VichusSmith | May 14, 2013 10:01 PM

    Oh, wow, you totally caught it!

    Other characters who show up in that logo are Phoenix, Captain America, and (slight possibility) Luke Cage. In the logo, you see a fist busting through a wall. Could that be Cage?

  • VichusSmith | May 14, 2013 9:45 PM

    Oh, wow, you pulled out an interesting one. However, a) a black guy named Rage as your first superhero on the show? I would think that Whedon's smarter than that. and b) Rage is an even buffer dude than Cage. Rage is supposed to be a kid who becomes this big strong man because of his powers.

    I'd have to check that logo to see if he actually shows up!

  • PhredG | May 14, 2013 4:43 PMReply

    Joss Whedon! Ming Na! I'm IN!!!

  • Mark | May 15, 2013 12:52 AM

    Underwhelming, mostly because of the grating acting of the female rebel character towards the end. What is she supposed to be, Anonymous Girl (her battle cry, "EXPECT ME!")? I'm not at all a Whedon fan, but will give it a shot, though.

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