As casting and pre-production gears up for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, we’re getting more information on what kind of a movie it will be. One of the movie technicians working on the upcoming sci-fi superhero film is the prop sculptor who made Darth Vader’s helmet in the very first Star Wars movie. We’ve heard that Guardians of the Galaxy will be more like Star Wars than Spider-Man, but how far will director James Gunn push the space opera genre?
According to BleedingCool, British prop sculptor Brian Muir is working on Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel Studios at Pinewood in England. It is believed that Muir will be making the mask for Star-Lord, the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s really good to see Gunn going practical with the Guardians of the Galaxy uniforms and armor instead of relying on CG like in Green Lantern. Perhaps Star-Lord’s mask will have a Star Wars vibe to it. Compare Star-Lord’s helmet above to Lord Vader’s below:
Brian Muir was also responsible for sculpting the Stormtrooper armor in the original Star Wars (the Stormtrooper helmets were made by Liz Moore), as well as the Death Star droid CZ-3 and C3PO’s full droid suit. Muir would later co-create the Space Jockey in Ridley Scott’s Alien and the Ark of the Covenant prop in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Principal photography on Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled to begin this summer. The production recently cast former WWE wrestler Dave Batista in the role of Drax the Destroyer, and Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation, Zero Dark Thirty) will be slipping on Brian Muir’s mask as Star-Lord/Peter Quill. At the moment, there are only three more Guardians of the Galaxy members that remain to be cast: Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot.
Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters everywhere on August 1, 2014, in 3D.