The duo will both play agents in the Scientific Strategic Reserve, the precursor to a certain SHIELD. Albanian-American Gjokaj is the honourable Agent Daniel Sousa, a war hero who sustained a crippling leg injury while saving others.
Meanwhile, Murray is Agent Jack Thompson.They’ll play their roles alongside British actress Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter herself, reprising her role as the gutsy spy last seen in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
Casting Murray and Gjokaj may prove to be a smart move for showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas. The 33-year-old Murray is best known for playing the brooding Lucas Scott in One Tree Hill, a long-running teen drama, and has a large fanbase to draw on.
Similarly, Gjokaj was a fan favourite on the acclaimed Dollhouse. Even more intriguingly, he also played a bit role in The Avengers (2012) as a young cop trying to evacuate citizens during the Chitauri attack on New York City. Knowing Marvel Studios, this can’t just be pure coincidence. Or is it?
Marvel’s press release has also hinted that Agent Carter will have much to do in her new role:
“It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life — Steve Rogers.”
In the meantime, the show is also in talks with some familiar names to direct the first couple of episodes. Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo will be responsible for directing episodes two and three of the series. Joe Johnson, who directed the first Captain America movie, may end up helming episode four.
Agent Carter will air in the US midway through the second season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, but the exact date has yet to be announced.
While seeing how Peggy deals with the sudden disappearance of Captain Rogers will satisfy my curiosity, I’m more interested in seeing her set up the SSR. Her task is basically the same as Agent Coulson’s in season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., just in a different era.
These parallel plots may just end up being completely genius!
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