After playing Amy Pond, the best friend of the 11th Doctor for nearly 2 1/2 years on DOCTOR WHO, Karen Gillan has been seduced by the Dark Side! She will play the lead villainess in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film.
Karen’s character is unknown, because the script is being kept tightly under wraps; only wisps of details have leaked out. The film was also being cast very slowly, although now the ranks are filling in more quickly. We know, for instance, that Lee Pace (PUSHING DAISIES) has been cast as the Big Bad… but not the character’s name.
Rumor has it Pace is playing the Collector — which is a very interesting choice, because it would fit in perfectly with the rumored overall plan Marvel has for its movies. The Collector is linked to Korvac/Michael, one of the greatest storylines from the Avengers comic book series, and that tale dovetails with Thanos — the master villain Avengers director Joss Whedon is “saving” for Avengers 3. (Yes, that’s right, Avengers 3, not the upcoming Avengers 2.)
Anyway, the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy cast includes Chris Pratt as Starlord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, and Michael Rooker and Glenn Close in undisclosed roles.
Trust director/screenwriter James Gunn (Super and cult fave Slither) to get his ducks in a row soon, as filming is scheduled to get under way later this month for release on Aug. 1, 2014.
And I, for one, welcome our new alien