Marvel have confirmed the start of production on Guardians of the Galaxy and that Glenn Close has officially been cast as Nova Prime, a character usually seen as a male. This is another instance of James Gunn’s interesting spin on how these characters are going to be portrayed on screen and leads me to believe that they’re going to have to pull out all the stops if they are going to come anywhere close to the numbers that The Avengers achieved.
This may well be one of the crucial role announcements teased by James Gunn at Comic-Con, and is definitely a coup for the film – Glenn Close is a powerhouse actress and a bonafide star who would be unlikely to sully herself with a substandard property. If Glenn Close is on board they’ve either got a great script and a shedload of money, or a terrible script and a shedload of money, or drugs. Let’s hope it’s not the latter, because drugs are bad.
Not that Glenn Close is by herself in terms of Hollywood megastars – she joins a cast that also counts amongst its number. To quote the aforementioned press release:
…Chris Pratt (“Zero Dark Thirty”, “Moneyball”) as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek Into Darkness”, “Avatar”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Riddick”) as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit,” “Lincoln”) as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (BBC TV’s “Doctor Who”) as Nebula, two-time Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Amistad”, “Gladiator”) as Korath, with Academy Award® winner Benicio del Toro (“Traffic”) as The Collector, Academy Award® nominee John C. Reilly (“Chicago”) as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs,” “Fatal Attraction”) as Nova Prime.
With that capacity of high-wattage names, there is no way this film could fail, unless it’s secretly about Scientology.
Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1st, 2014 in the US. What do you think of the cast that they have assembled? Let us know in the comments below.