It looks like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will have a trio of villains at its center. Although it’s unclear which character she will play, Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan has been cast to play the film’s lead female villain. She would join The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta and Pushing Daisies‘ Lee Pace, whose role is still unknown, as the Guardians of the Galaxy‘s villainous line-up.
THR says Guardians is expected to start shooting at the end of June, which leaves a lot of time to find the actors to play the team’s remaining members: Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close recently joined the movie as the “Nick Fury” of the Nova Corps, the intergalactic police organization from the planet Xander, while actor John C. Reilly is rumored to be playing the Nova Corps’ equivalent of The Avengers‘ “Agent Phil Coulson.”
Twenty-five-year-old Scottish actress Karen Gillan is best known as the Eleventh Doctor’s (Matt Smith) companion Amy Pond on Doctor Who. She will play the lead in the Scottish romantic comedy Not Another Happy Ending later this year.
Casting for Guardians of the Galaxy is getting more interesting with each new announcement. Three-fifths of the team of cosmic peacekeepers is already cast, with Chris Pratt as Star-lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, and former WWE superstar Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. With British actress Ophelia Lovibond joining Guardians of the Galaxy as The Collector, one of the Elders of the Universe, the fourth film in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe Phase Two is looking more and more attractive.
Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters everywhere on August 1, 2014, in 3D.