Guardians Of The Galaxy Is Getting Pretty Interesting

I don't, as a habit, like reporting on casting news, because until the movie is actually being filmed (and occasionally not even then) a cast isn't certain. Sometime though, it's hard not to get excited. Like when it has been suggested over the last couple days that Marvel has cast Glenn Close and John C. Reilly in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy.

Reilly is apparently wanted for the role of Rhomman Dey, who would act as an intermediary between the Guardians and either Earth or the Nova Corps (described as a Coulson-like character). It's more likely the latter organisation, since Close has been cast as the head of the Nova Corps, essentially a Nick Fury role. What's exciting isn't so much the casting, which is exciting in it's own right, it's that Marvel might be establishing a ground work for a whole second tier of films, much more so then we previously thought. While Marvel has less space based characters and books then DC, there are still many aliens species, and many characters (first and foremost, Captain Marvel, be it the Danvers or Mar-Vell versions) that operate in space, and largely separate from Earth. The establishment of the Nova Corps might be an indication that, come Phase 3, Marvel is looking to expand deeper into the universe of the Marvel... um, universe. A connective thread through which several films can be drawn, much like SHIELD was used on Earth in Phase 1.

Marvel is also apparently looking at actors like Hugh Laurie, Alan Rickman and Ken Watanabe to fill out additional Nova Corp roles (not surprisingly, considering Gunn's history, much of the cast are known for their comedic abilities). Still no word on the casting of Rocket Raccoon and Gort the Space-Ent, though I find it hard to believe those roles haven't been cast. Marvel is obviously saving the announcement for greatest effect. Maybe at Comiccon this summer.

Via Collider, and again.
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