The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Cobie Smulders is currently in final negotiations for a role on Joss Whedon's The Avengers.
As we reported on Saturday, Smulders was currently the front runner to play Maria Hill. Samuel L. Jackson let it be known on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that Marvel was screen testing actresses for the role of his sidekick.
Deadline reported on Saturday that Smulders would be signed by the end of the weekend to play Maria Hill.
We should be hearing soon that the deal is finalized.
Colbe Smulders joins a large and growing cast on the The Avengers including Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner.
The current cast related rumor is that Yvonne Strahovski of NBC's Chuck is going to portray Carol Danvers, Ms. Marvel.
The Avengers is due in theaters May 4th, 2012.