Amid the announcements for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at SDCC – from a slick new logo to the unveiling of Peter Quill’s father – it’s been confirmed that Elizabeth Debicki will play the part of Ayesha.
Word comes by way of CBM, revealing that the actress best known for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. will hail from the Sovereign in James Gunn’s 2017 sequel.
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When quizzed about the origin story behind Debicki’s newcomer, who seeks out the Guardians of the Galaxy following their triumph over Ronan the Accuser, Gunn said: “Ayesha is the golden High Priestess of a genetically-perfect people called the Sovereign. She’s not a woman to be screwed with – she, and her entire world, are extraordinarily deadly.”
Whether this opens up the path for the introduction of one Adam Warlock is still up for question, but we do know that the galactic sequel features Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Drax (Dave Bautista) and a baby Groot (Vin Diesel) in lead roles, Kurt Russell as Ego the living planet and Pom Klementieff. Meanwhile, Gunn confirmed that the Ravagers will feature heavily in Vol. 2, with Evan Jones, Jimmy Urine, Stephen Blackehart, Steve Agee, Joe Fria and Terence Rosemore all on board to portray the interstellar band of thieves and smugglers.
Featuring such ’80s hits as “Come a Little Bit Closer” by Jay and the Americans and “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 launches into theaters on May 5, 2017.