We just reported that Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury will have a female sidekick in The Avengers. Now a list of contenders for that role has been released, which includes top contender Morena Baccarin (V) as well as Jessica Lucas (Melrose Place), Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World).
Marvel is holding screen tests for the role this Friday. Jessica Lucas, Cobie Smulders, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are still negotiating their test deals, which includes a nine-picture option for whoever lands the role.
There is already speculation that this female sidekick character might be Janet van Dyne a.k.a The Wasp. Although Marvel refuses to comment on the nature of this particular character. As of now, Scarlett Johansson is the only female cast member signed on for The Avengers, which also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeremy Renner.
The Avengers will start production in late April.