Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will look to Joss Whedon’s past to cast a key role, according to T.V. Guide.

Acker, as Root in the CBS drama Person of Interest, joins S.H.I.E.L.D.

Acker as Root in the CBS drama Person of Interest

Amy Acker will be brought in as Phil Coulson’s former flame.  We have heard Coulson mention the character in the past, both on the big screen and earlier this season on the small screen.  Coulson has sustained from contacting his former flame since his death at the end of The Avengers.  It appears that the character’s safety will become an issue and the ever chivalrous Coulson, along with his team, will find a way to protect her.

Not only will Acker add a face to the character, she will also be identified by name finally: Audrey.  Her career as a top-notch cellist has taken root in Portland since she believed Coulson died.

Acker will join her fourth Whedon project, having previously worked with the director on Angel, Much Ado About Nothing, and Dollhouse.  Fans may also find it interesting to know that Acker previously voiced the character Huntress for the Justice League Unlimited animated series.  The role of Huntress has been played by Jessica De Gouw on the television series Arrow.

Acker comes to S.H.I.E.L.D. fresh off her recurring role as Root from the series Person of Interest.  As Root, she plays a hacker that wants to set the machine invented by Harold (Michael Emmerson) free.

The underlying story of Coulson’s past and the details surrounding his death and subsequent resurrection have been one of the more interesting plots for the freshman drama.  The introduction of Audrey to that story line promises to bring a new dynamic to an already compelling story.

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