Marvel’s cinematic universe expanded into the far reaches of the cosmos with Guardians of the Galaxy, and now the cast of its most grounded franchise has added an actor with some serious cred in outer space drama.
Battlestar Galactica star Edward James Olmos is set to join the cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, according to Marvel.com.
An Oscar-nominated, veteran actor who may be best-known to modern audiences for his role as William Adama in the recent, rebooted Battlestar Galactica series from Syfy, Olmos will play a character named “Robert Gonzales” in the Marvel series. The character isn’t a pre-existing figure in the comics universe, but Marvel hinted that he “will have massive repercussions for Director Coulson and his team.”
“Edward James Olmos brings amazing gravitas to any role he inhabits, something we knew we needed for Robert Gonzales,” said Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, in a statement accompanying the casting announcement. “When Olmos first appears on our series, everyone will have to take notice–including our favorite Agents.”
Olmos is expected to make his debut in the series when the second season returns from its mid-season break in March.