Drea de Matteo Joins Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Villain Role

Marvel Entertainment has announced today that “The Sopranos” and “Sons of Anarchy” star Drea de Matteo has joined the cast of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” She will play Karla Faye Gideon, described as “a Gifted woman with a grudge to bear against S.H.I.E.L.D. who joins forces with Skye’s father, Cal.” Though she shares a name with a character from Daredevil: Redemption, it appears to be a different character.

“We’re thrilled to have Drea join us as yet another great villain to challenge our cast,” said Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “We relished the opportunity to work with her in such a menacing role.”

Matteo earned an Emmy for her role as Adriana La Cerva in “The Sopranos,” and since then has starred in series such as “Sons of Anarchy,” “Desperate Housewives,” and “Joey.”

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is Executive Produced by Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers, “Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Lost”).

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios. The series returns on Tuesday, March 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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