Director James Gunn is in the home stretch of casting as Marvel gets closer and closer to the start of production on Guardians of the Galaxy this June. While the entire cosmic team has yet to be assembled, Marvel recently cast Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close in the new cosmic film.
According to Deadline, the Tony Award winning Glenn Close will play a “Nick Fury-type” character in the forthcoming cosmic Marvel movie. She will be playing a leadership role in the intergalactic police organization known as the Nova Corps. This report also confirms that the Nova Corps will be featured in Guardians of the Galaxy. The Nova Corps is a space militia and exploration team from the planet Xandar. The source of their power is called the Nova Force, which comes from a living computer called the Xandarian Worldmind.
Glenn Close was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her leading role in the film Albert Nobbs in 2011. She also won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role as Patty Hewes in FX’s legal thriller Damages in 2009.
This casting news comes off the heels of the rumors that suggest actor John C. Reilly might join the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy to play an “Agent Phil Coulson-type” character. Reilly’s character would serve as a middleman between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Guardians of the Galaxy. We’re still waiting to hear news of who will play Rocket Raccoon and the treelike alien Groot. Whoever is cast in these roles, they would be joining Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, and Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer in the new Marvel cosmic movie.
Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters everywhere on August 1, 2014, in 3D.