This week, on the red carpet at the Saturn Awards, Joss Whedon spoke to Collider about Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as the rest of the Marvel line-up! Check out the video below. The video won’t embed, but you can check it out here.
I’m not sure how I missed it, but James Gunn tweeted a photo of Dave Bautista “getting a facial” (har har) last month.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 17, 2013
Obviously, it’s a make-up test. It’s not much, but it’s enough to give me a pretty good idea of what he’ll look like fully made up and I have to say I think it’ll be pretty solid.
JoBlo Confirms Villains and Locations!
This week, JoBlo.com posted an article with some pretty spoilery material, so for those of you avoiding spoilers, you might not want to read any further.
SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT!
John C. Reilly Confirmed to Play Rhomann Dey
This week, Deadline confirmed that John C. Reilly will, in fact, be joining the cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. He’ll be playing the role of Rhomann Dey, the leader of the Nova Corps as suspected.
I still say it’s a weird casting choice, considering John C. Reilly doesn’t exactly strike me as the superhero type, but then again, neither did Rainn Wilson and he was great in Super. Until the first trailer, at least, I guess I’ll have to just maintain faith in his acting ability.
Just a couple casting rumors today.
Benicio Del Toro Could Be Playing The Collector.
Last week, it was announced that Benicio Del Toro was added to the cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie. This week, the first rumor is that Del Toro will be playing The Collector. The Collector is one of the Elders of the Universe, who, after experiencing a vision of the Universe being destroyed, decides to start collecting as many living creatures as he can to repopulate the Universe after its destruction. With Thanos involved in the overall arc of Marvel’s series of movies, it does seem logical to include this character, though there’s been no official word. Only a “very reliable source.”
Karen Gillan Could Be Playing Angela
Another actor added to the cast last week was Karen Gillan, who is rumored to be playing Angela, a character created by Neil Gaiman for Spawn and who has (uncoincidentally) been added to the Marvel Universe this year in the Age of Ultron crossover event, as well as upcoming issues of Guardians of the Galaxy. Of course, this is all speculation, but with the character appearing in the Guardians title this year, it seems highly possible that they’d want to reintroduce readers to this character in preparation for the movie.
With all of these stars being added to the cast, it makes me wonder if they’re not going to be relying on star power, rather than a great script, to draw in audiences for this flick. Or maybe they’re hoping to use Guardians as a launch pad for a bunch of other movies. Either way, it seems like things are getting way too big. I’m really starting to think they’re going to cram as much as they can into this movie and it’s going to suffer for it as a result. I hope I’m wrong, though. I hope, hope hope.
Well, sort of. Last week, director James Gunn, who previously mentioned studying live raccoons for the Guardians of the Galaxy, tweeted a photo of himself with a little furry friend:
I’ve just hired a new gaffer for the shoot. Chewing on wires is good, right?say.ly/BIP5ZcM
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 6, 2013
Awwwww. What a cute little guy.
So, even though there’s been no official casting news for the voice of Rocket, I’m really glad to see they’re trying to go for a more realistic-looking raccoon, as opposed to some goofy, cartoony raccoon. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that before. I just can’t help but feel giddy looking at James Gunn playing with a little raccoon.
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?