While production of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy begins this June in England, director James Gunn is still working to bring the team of galactic peacekeepers together. We all know that Parks and Recreation’s Chris Pratt was cast to play the Guardians’ leader, Star-Lord, while Star Trek Into Darkness’ Zoe Saldana will play Gamora and former WWE superstar Dave Bautista was cast as Drax the Destroyer. Now a new swathe of casting rumors has emerged that involve the comic book movie’s villain, plot, and supporting characters.
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According to Drew McWeeny of HitFix, Marvel Studios has been in talks with actor John C. Reilly to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy. He would play Rhomann Dey, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and the middleman between the secret agency and the cosmic team. It is rumored that Rhomann Dey was designed to be the “Agent Phil Coulson” of the Guardians of the Galaxy universe. In the Marvel comic books, Rhomann Dey is the Xandarian leader of the Nova Corps, rather than a human agent. Marvel is also reported to be looking at actors Hugh Laurie, Alan Rickman, and Ken Watanabe to play a liaison for the Guardians.
A few weeks ago, The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker was cast in the role of Yondu Udonta, who is now rumored to be the film’s main villain. Yondu Udonta was one of the co-founders of the 1960s iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy team. Pushing Daisies’ Lee Pace was cast as another villain, but one would now take a turn for the good side midway through the film. It was rumored that Pace’s character would eventually become Nova, Adam Warlock, or Mar-Vell aka Captain Marvel. A few days ago, rumors emerged that Lee Pace would either play the villain The Controller or Ronan the Accuser; both characters are cunning and powerful henchmen of the super-villain Thanos, who is expected to play a big role in Marvel’s Phase Two and Phase Three films.
As for Rocket Raccoon, the expert marksman and master tactician will supposedly appear at the beginning of the film, along with Wal Rus, an anthropomorphic walrus (naturally) and brilliant engineer who helps Rocket Raccoon protect the Keystone Quadrant, an intergalactic asylum for the criminally insane. Rocket Raccoon and the treelike alien Groot have yet to be cast.
It sounds like Marvel and James Gunn are really going for it with Guardians of the Galaxy. The new film just sounds stranger and stranger as its production develops. Hopefully, walking and talking raccoons, walruses, and trees won’t turn off general audiences. It would be a shame if Guardians of the Galaxy turned out to be Marvel’s version of The Green Lantern.
Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters everywhere on August 1, 2014, in 3D.