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Source: The Hollywood Reporter
During an interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Samuel L. Jackson revealed there will be screen tests this week for five potential actresses to play the role of Nick Fury's partner in the upcoming The Avengers film. It's being reported that Morena Baccarin (V) is the likely front runner on a list that also includes Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield), Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs The World).
The Wasp, known as one of the original founding members of The Avengers, has had rumors floating around of being in the film adaptation since first announcement of the project. Though there is a chance she will make it into the film, it seems unlikely that she would be playing sidekick to S.H.I.E.L.D. Director.
Keeping S.H.I.E.L.D. in mind, Maria Hill would make perfect sense for the role of sidekick as she took over as Director after Fury went AWOL during the Secret Invasion storyline. Comparing Hill to hopeful actress Baccarin it is easy to make the assumption that she will be found at Sam Jackson's side in The Avengers.