The Mentalist’s Amanda Righetti is hopping on the Marvel bandwagon. Reportedly, she’ll have a small but notable role in the heavily anticipated film The Avengers. At this time, Righetti could be accepting one of two roles: the first, and more likely, is that of SHIELD Agent Sharon Carter (whose aunt, Peggy Carter, will be portrayed by Hayley Atwell in Captain America: The First Avenger). The other role would be of superhero Ms. Marvel (secret identity: Carol Danvers).
Amanda Righetti may not be a household name, but since the development of her character on The Mentalist, the actress has earned a few more film roles. 2011 has so far seen her in The Chateaux Meroux and Cats Dancing on Jupiter. Currently in development is a thriller called Shadow in which Righetti will star.
As just about everyone will be seeing The Avengers, one can surmise that her appearance there—even in a smaller role—will afford her an even greater amount of recognition.
The Avengers hist theaters May 4, 2012 and will (most likely) make some sort of appearance at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.