The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the report today.
The guest role will be a one-time came for Smulders due to her obligation to CBS’s How I Met Your Mother. However, series creator Joss Whedon says the door is open for Smulders to have future involvement with S.H.I.E.L.D. should the opportunity present itself.
Fans gathered at this afternoon’s Comic Con panel for the upcoming ABC series were supposed to see a sneak preview of the pilot. ABC is keeping the pilot under wraps and has not sent it out to critics and media members yet in an attempt to maintain secrecy.
“I wanted very much to have Cobie in the pilot because as much as anyone else, she ISSHIELD. She’s cool and commanding and has the dry humor that plays so well withClark’s [Gregg]. Also, if she’s in it, I get to hang out with Cobie,” Whedon said in a statement to THR.
The highly anticipated series will make its debut on September 24.