How I Met Your Mother TV star Cobie Smulders is on route to cross over to the big screen to play S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria hill in Joss Wheadon's The Avengers. Deadline report that Smulders is close to being cast in the epic superhero movie. The actress auditioned for the role Friday. Smulders actually came close to joining the world of superheroes before.
She was a candidate for the title role of Wonder Woman when Whedon was working on the project. In the Marvel comic series, Maria Hill was the ruthless interim executive director of S.H.I.E.L.D., who was not above blackmailing and bullying superheros to get her way. She was eventually replaced in the job by Tony Stark [aka Iron Man]. Smulders apparently beat Morena Baccarin ["V"], Jessica Lucas [Cloverfield], & Mary Winstead [Scott Pilgrim vs. the World] for the role. The Avengers opens May 4, 2012 and stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow.