The trailer features Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward as he’s granted access to Level 7, at least the same clearance level as Coulson himself (as revealed in a Marvel One-Shot short). More detail is given on the rest of the cast, including Ming Na as Agent Melinda May, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Iain De Casestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Chloe Bennett as Skye. The trailer also includes the best look yet at J. August Richards’ mystery character who we speculate was Luke Cage. but we can also speculate could be Victor Alvarez/Power Man or even the new warrior Rage/Elvin Holliday.
We also have this quote from an IGN interview with executive producer Jeffrey Bell who talks quite a bit about Richards.
“[He] Killed it! He’s so good,” Bell told IGN in response to a question about Richards. “He’s so good, because we were looking for this character M– I almost said his name. It’s not the one people are talking about. … I’m going to say that’s an interesting Marvel character, but no. But he came in and killed it. Honestly, we were looking for this part, and we just said, look, all our parts are open to all diversity. So the fact that we have a black dude who is awesome and it’s J, was just because he was the best actor. It wasn’t like, ‘You know who…!'”
Now that adds a whole new layer to speculation since marvel has an open race policy with casting (which is a good thing I might add) J. August Richards could be playing a white character turned black for story purposes or as we continue to speculate a brand new character.
More as it breaks!