‘Agents of SHIELD’ Casts ‘Sopranos’ Star Drea De Matteo

Actress will play a “Gifted” woman with a grudge on the Marvel-ABC series

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First she took on mobsters and motorcycle gangs and now she’s taking on Marvel.

Drea de Matteo, who starred on both HBO’s “The Sopranos” and FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” has booked a role on ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which returns from its Season 2 hiatus in March.

De Matteo will play Karla Faye Gideon on the superhero series, a “Gifted individual” who has a bone to pick with Director Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) noble defense organization S.H.I.E.L.D. Her character is said to join forces with Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) father, Cal (Kyle MacLachlan).

In addition to playing key roles on both “The Sopranos” and “Sons of Anarchy,” de Matteo has had notable runs on several other television shows, including NBC’s “Joey” and ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.” On the big screen, she starred opposite Ethan Hawke in the 2005 remake of “Assault on Precinct 13” and is currently in production on “The Other,” a horror film with Cary Elwes.

The Gersh Agency and Untitled Entertainment represent de Matteo.

De Matteo joins fellow newcomer Luke Mitchell (“Tomorrow People”), who was cast earlier this month as an Inhuman named Lincoln. Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Nick Blood and Elizabeth Henstridge also star on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns to ABC on Tuesday, March 3 at 9 p.m.