With all of the news swirling around, you’d think James Gunn’s adaptation of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is right around the corner, not just cobbling together the cast. The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker recently joined the party as the blue, mohawked alien archer Yondu, and now they’ve added another supporting player: Ophelia Lovibond.
The British-born Lovibond is most known for roles in Nowhere Boy, Mr. Popper’s Penguin, and No Strings Attached. There isn’t much in the way of details about her part, but according to Heat Vision, “she will play an aide to a near-immortal being called The Collector, who gathers artifacts and beings in the hopes of saving them from a foretold galactic annihilation.”
The Collector is one of the Elders of the Universe, a group where each member possesses part of the primordial powers left over from the Big Bang, and who became self-aware billions of years ago. To distract himself after the death of his wife, he started collecting interesting artifacts as a hobby to keep himself sane. I can’t help but picture Lovibond as an eager assistant chasing after her boss with a clipboard and a pencil stuck in her hair.
Lovibond joins a cast that already includes Chris Pratt as the Star Lord, leader of the Guardians; the green-hued assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana); and the beefy Drax the Destroyer (WWE superstar Dave Bautista). Not a bad cast; now if they can find their Rocket Racoon.
With a scheduled June start date, Guardians of the Galaxy is already slated for release on August 1, 2014, and figures to play a prominent role in the next phase of Marvel’s world domination.