Edward James Olmos to Join ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’



[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]t looks like things will only continue to get more challenging for Director Phil Coulson and his team on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when veteran actor Edward James Olmos joins the cast this spring. Marvel.com announced the addition of Olmos, who will play a character named Robert Gonzales whose appearance “will have massive repercussions” for Coulson and Co.

In the website’s announcement, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb sang Olmos’s praises:

“Edward James Olmos brings an amazing gravitas to any role he inhabits, something we knew we needed for Robert Gonzales. When Olmos first appears on our series, everyone will have to take notice—including our favorite Agents.”

Marvel is clearly putting an immense amount of thought into the direction that its television division is taking as the studio continues to cast high-caliber actors for its network shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter as well as its upcoming Netflix series Daredevil and A.K.A. Jessica Jones. The seasoned actor will without a doubt be a welcome addition when the series returns from its winter hiatus in March.

Olmos will portray the problematic Robert Gonzales on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Olmos earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for his role as math teacher Jaime Escalante in the 1988 film Stand and Deliver, but he is no stranger to the small screen either. He starred as Commander-turned-Admiral William Adama in the 2004 reboot of Battlestar Galactica and appeared in over 100 episodes of the 1980s crime drama Miami Vice, the latter garnering him a Golden Globe and an Emmy. His outstanding guest starring role as Professor James Gellar throughout the sixth season of Dexter was one of the few highlights from the show’s final three seasons.

Are you looking forward to seeing Olmos join the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Tell us in the comments!

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on March 3 at 9/8c.


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