Okay, wow, lotsa casting news this week. Let’s get to it.
Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro and Lloyd Kaufman will all be in Guardians of the Galaxy!
Let’s take this one at a time. It was announced this week that Karen Gillan (Doctor Who!) was added to the cast in an unknown role. All we know is that she’s supposed to be playing a major female villain. Odd casting choice for a villain, considering how adorable and bubbly she is, but as a Doctor Who fan, I’m glad to see Gillan finding work outside of that TV series. She certainly has the geek cred.
It was also announced this week that Benicio Del Toro was brought on board as well. We know even less about his casting (only that he’ll be playing a “lead role”). I mean, what can I say about Benicio Del Toro that hasn’t already been said? The guy’s fantastic, however I have to admit I find it a little strange to pick him for a big summer sci-fi action flick like this one. But considering Glenn Close was also cast this week, I guess it’s not THAT strange. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what happens with him.
Lastly, Lloyd Kaufman. Certainly not the biggest name on this list, though anyone who’s familiar with Troma or the Toxic Avenger knows who Lloyd Kaufman is. Since he’s a friend of the director, I’m not entirely surprised that he was added to the cast, though I’m not sure how James Gunn got him past the big wigs at Marvel. No word on who he’ll be playing, though my guess would be a silly cameo somewhere in the movie, not unlike Stan Lee’s cameos.
Well, that’s it so far. Gillan, Del Toro, and Kaufman are three more names added to an already stacked cast of actors, and I’m sure we’re not done yet. The rest of the cast so far includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close. Seriously, how did they get Glenn Close to do this movie?