‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Casting Info — at Last!

The Collector, Nebula and Ronan the Accuser

The Collector, Nebula and Ronan the Accuser

It would appear that reliable information about casting in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie has finally leaked out. I say finally because the movie has already begun filming in Great Britain under director James Gunn, so this info has been kept under wraps for a remarkably long time!

Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects) looms large as the main villain, an alien called the Collector, who is billions of years old and travels the universe… er, collecting things he deems worthy — including certain people. The Collector can see into the future, and once envisioned a universe enslaved by Thanos — the deep-space baddie glimpsed in the post-credits sequence of last year’s The Avengers.

Lee Pace — the romantic pie baker on TV’s whimsical PUSHING DAISIES — will play tough guy Ronan the Accuser, a member of the alien race known as the Kree, and he serves as a one-person judge, jury and executioner. He’s been known to carry around a big hammer.

Finally, the stunningly beautiful Karen Gillan is playing Nebula, a blue-skinned pirate who may or may not be the granddaughter of Thanos.

Look for Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters next summer.

Take Cover! It’s a Sharknado!

sharknadoDon’t think; just enjoy the madcap awesomeness of this poster for SyFy’s Sharknado. Even if the title Sharknado doesn’t exactly roll trippingly off the tongue, it is nonetheless inspired.

This is sort of like Snakes on a Plane, in the sense that the title is the movie, but the image — as fantastic as it is — does make one wonder how the sharks got in the tornado in the first place. Well, the studio synopsis explains all that:

When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace. And when the high-speed winds form tornadoes in the desert, nature’s deadliest killer rules water, land, and air.

The humans battling this unnatural natural disaster are Tara Reid (American Pie), Cassie Scerbo (Make It or Break It), Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210) and John Heard (Home Alone). So, nothing to worry about there…

Sharknado strikes SyFy on July 11.