‘Boardwalk Empire’s’ Shea Whigham to Star on ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’

The actor has booked the ABC series’ lead male role opposite Haley Atwell

Last Updated: September 22, 2014 @ 5:54 PM

“Marvel’s Agent Carter” has found its male lead, two studio representatives told TheWrap.

“Boardwalk Empire” star Shea Whigham will play “tough but fair-minded” SSR Chief Roger Dooley. He will oversee Agents Carter (Atwell), Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) and Sousa (Enver Gjokaj).

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In addition to Atwell, Murray and Gjokaj, Whigham joins Edwin Jarvis, in ABC’s upcoming superhero drama, and will find himself allied with “Agent Carter‘s” titular heroine.

“Agent Carter” takes place in 1946, with Peggy Carter picking up the pieces of her life after having lost Steve Rogers in World War II, a plot which played out in the movie “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

It’s set for a midseason premiere, but Atwell will first appear in Marvel’s “Agents of SHIELD” for the show’s Season 2 premiere on Tuesday.

See photos: Marvel’s ‘Agents of SHIELD’ Unleashes First Look at Season 2

Whigham joins the cast after wrapping on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” as Nucky’s (Steve Buscemi) younger brother. He also recurred on the first season of “True Detective.” His film credits include “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “American Hustle,” “Fast and the Furious 6” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” among many others.

CAA and Principal Entertainment LA represent Whigham.

Deadline first broke this casting.

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