With Guardians of the Galaxy dominating the world box office, it’s nice to see that Karen Gillan didn’t sacrifice her hair to play Nebula in vain. And, best of all, her hair isn’t really gone.
Turns out, the folks at Marvel had a plan: They made Karen a wig out of her own hair, and she wears it on her new sitcom, SELFIE. Said Karen: “They took it strand-by-strand and put it into a wig, so I’m going to be wearing that [on SELFIE].”
Karen said the story that circulated on the internet about her hair being woven into a wig for use in Star Wars: Episode VII was a “miscommunication.”
On SELFIE, which premieres Sept. 30, Gillan plays a self-obsessed woman who tries to transform herself in a modern twist on My Fair Lady. And her ginger locks are not the only “fake” thing about Karen on the show: She also uses an American accent, one she says she honed by watching American TV and by signing up for SoulCycle class and listening to her fellow exercisers.
As if playing my favorite DOCTOR WHO companion for three years wasn’t enough, Scottish actress Karen Gillan will stake her claim to the title of Queen of the Universe by starring as bad-girl Nebula in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which opens today.
Allow me to help her make her case: Gillan also has a TV series debuting this fall, SELFIE, which is a modern twist on Pygmaion/My Fair Lady, and co-stars John Cho. She starred in the creepy flick Oculus and the rom-com Not Another Happy Ending. And she is also very (very) beautiful, as she proves in this month’s Esquire magazine. Here’s a sample:
When DOCTOR WHO executive producer Steven Moffat cast Karen as Amelia Pond, the 11th Doctor’s first companion, he said of her: “funny, talented, attractive… basically, she’s Scottish.” And I don’t think that assessment can be improved upon.
The baddies and supporting characters of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy are getting their chance to shine on a bunch of colorful character posters ahead of the Aug.1 release of the science-fiction action comedy.
The villains include Lee Pace as Ronan, Karen Gillan as Nebula and Djimon Hounsou as Korath.
GotG, directed by James Gunn, slams into theaters Aug. 1.
Don’t panic. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is doing some reshoots — and even though the movie is due Aug. 1, this is not a sign that anything is wrong with James Gunn’s cosmic romp. In fact, it could be seen as a good thing. A very good thing.
Apparently, Marvel Studios wants to add to the movie, not take stuff out. More is good. And one of the things it wants more of is a big
catfight girlfight fight between Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan).
Saldana Tweeted this photo from the set and captioned it:
“@KarenGillan2 and I rehearsing our extended fight scene! Gamora and Nebula are gonna kick each other’s butts!”
Please, please, please let this “extended” fight sequence take up about… oh, 15 minutes or so. Is that asking too much?
Looks like director James Gunn decided to go for broke with Guardians of the Galaxy and do something different. Instead of making yet another epic “Marvel movie,” he decided to make a James Gunn film instead! After watching this trailer, my first impression is that he made the right choice.
This is the work of the guy who wrote and directed Slither; this is the work of the guy who wrote and directed Super. I like it.
You might miss former DOCTOR WHO companion Karen Gillan debuting her look as baddie Nebula. Look for her at about the 1:57 mark; she’s the blue chick deploying blades in each hand. She’s in the trailer for literally one second.
One of the reasons that James Gunn was selected to direct Guardians of the Galaxy — Marvel’s big-screen gamble on one of its lesser-known properties — is that he is… well, quirky. Maybe more off-beat. Okay, so he’s kinda twisted. All you have to do is watch the unsettling Slither and Super to realize that we won’t be getting a safe and sterile superhero film out of this guy.
And part of Gunn’s quirkiness is his attitude — which has been coming in handy lately as Marvel fandom moans about his creative choices for GotG — especially his decision to make Scottish actress Karen Gillan shave off her sexy long red hair to play space pirate Nebula. The consternation and angst has been building ever since Comic-Con. Never mind that Karen — best-known as Amy Pond on DOCTOR WHO — still looks hot as hell without her ginger locks; the character is currently bald in the source comics, so where is the criticism coming from?
But Gunn is having none of it. He recently Tweeted:
“If you are sending me hate messages about making @KarenGillan2 shave her head, you might consider the overall state of your life.”
Yeah, I just started following him.
P.S.: My opinion has nothing to do with the fact that I shave my head, by choice!
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.