“In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.”
Yet another massively talented, award-winning actor has made a deal to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Deadline is now reporting that Glenn Close, who has been nominated for an Academy Award six times, is the latest performer to join the cast of James Gunn’s slowly-growing Guardians of the Galaxy. Calling the part “a major role,” the website says that she will be playing a leadership role (similar to Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury) in the intergalactic police organization known as the Nova Corps – which also seems to confirm that the film will indeed include the Nova Corps. Story details are being kept to a minimum right now – as is the case with all Marvel movies in their infancy – but Gunn handled screenwriting duties and production is gearing up to start next month.
Close is just the latest to join the cast of the space-set sci-fi adventure, which over the past few months has added Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer, and Michael Rooker as Yondu. The new story also seems to confirm recent reports saying that both Lee Pace and John C. Reilly have joined the project, but doesn’t go into any specifics about their roles (the former was rumored to be playing the villain).
Close was last on the big screen in 2011’s Albert Nobbs – a performance that got her that sixth Oscar nod – and she’s been busy on the small screen starring on FX’s Damages. She most recently completed production on director Jeff Preiss’ new indie film Low Down and recently started working on Five To Seven with Anton Yelchin.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that British actress Ophelia Lovibond, who was previously featured in movies like No Strings Attached and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, is the latest to sign on for a part in the galactic comic book movie. While the trade has since removed details about the role, the original report said that she will be playing an assistant to a being known as The Collector, described as a near-immortal “who gathers artifacts and beings in the hopes of saving them from a foretold galactic annihilation.” She is the second actor to join the cast of the film in the last week, with Walking Dead star and Gunn regular Michael Rooker signed on last week to play Yondu Udonta.
It’s worth noting that in the comics The Collector has a connection with Thanos, the big purple dude revealed during the end credits of The Avengers, so this is just one more piece of evidence suggesting that Guardians of the Galaxy will feature the Mad Titan. Production on the film will begin this June, with Marvel and Disney targeting an August 1, 2014, release date.
Chris Pratt is set to play Star-Lord in James Gunn’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, but there’s still plenty of work left to be done in the casting department before cameras start to roll. Marvel Studios still needs to find actors to play the roles of Drax The Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot, and thus far rumors and short-lists have been practically non-existent. But now it seems that we may be skipping over the long speculation process, because there is now a report that the studio has already found its second cast member.
Latino-Review is claiming that inside sources close to the production have told them that Jason Momoa has been offered the part of Drax The Destroyer. While nothing is set in stone yet, apparently negotiations are on-going, with the actor’s people having already sent the studio a counter offer for the role. The star is best known for his work on the small screen, playing Khal Drogo on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones and Ronon Dex omStargate: Atlantis, but has had a bit of trouble getting his film career going. In 2011 he starred in the 2011 reboot of Conan The Barbarian – which was a notable flop – and just a couple weeks ago he was seen by very few playing the villain in Walter Hill’s Bullet To The Head.
For those unfamiliar with Drax’s back story, he was originally a human named Arthur Douglas who was killed along with the rest of his family during an attack by the Thanos (the big-chinned purple dude seen halfway through the credits of The Avengers). But when an entity known as Kronos needed a warrior to fight against the Mad Titan, he brought Arthur’s spirit back to life and put it in a more powerful alien body.
Could this be the turn around that Momoa’s career needs? Do you think he’s a solid choice to play Drax? Let us know in the comments below!
UPDATE: THR writer Borys Kit has reached out to his sources that say that Momoa has indeed tested for the part of Drax The Destroyer, but an offer has not yet been made and negotiations have not yet started.
Warner Bros has released a brand new trailer for the zombie hack and slash Lollipop Chainsaw which features the main character Juliet’s two zombie killing siblings.
The sharp-shooting Cordelia and yeti skull collector Rosalind seem to play a pretty important role in Lollipop Chainsaw and apparently love killing zombies just as much as Juliet. How these two will fit into the action has yet to be revealed, but the trailer below offers some interesting insight. Just to warn you though, like many of James Gunn’s creations, this video is not for the kiddies.
Lollipop Chainsaw will be out June 12th in the US, 15th in the UK, and the 14th in Japan. It will be available on the Xbox 360 and PS3.