News on James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is in high demand these days, and with much of the team cast already, every new bit keeps adding to the increasingly more interesting part of Marvel’s Phase 3. The most recent casting announcement also revealed a new character who may or may not be a villain in the 2014 film, but we’ll get to that part soon.
The first tidbit has to do with the timeline of the film and where it fits in relation to the rest of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). While the original rumor was that part of the film would take place in the future, 2045 to be exact, a new casting call has hinted that not only is it in the future, but it is an alternate dimension kind of future. Splashpage has the casting call:
[box_light]The Core For the new Marvel super hero film we are looking for males and females who are seasoned professional SAs to be a core group of people who will be used for a variety of different roles throughout the whole of filming.
Being on an Alien planet For new Marvel Super hero film about a team of super heroes who protect the Galaxy in the future of a different dimension, we are looking for males and females who are amputees.
Doubling for the Super hero For new Marvel Super hero film about a team of super heroes who protect the Galaxy in the future of a different dimension, we are looking for males to double for one of the main actors.
Albino males and females For new Marvel Super hero film about a team of super heroes who protect the Galaxy in the future of a different dimension, we are looking for males and females who are Albinos.
Tall Aliens For new Marvel Super hero film about a team of super heroes who protect the Galaxy in the future of a different dimension, we are looking for tall males to play aliens.
Mutant soldiers For new Super hero film about a team of super heroes who protect the Galaxy in the future of a different dimension, we are looking for males with Stunt or SPAK experience to play mutant soldiers.
Getting around with no hair For new Super hero film about a team of super heroes who protect the Galaxy in the future of a different dimension, we are looking for bald males and females.[/box_light]
The mention of an alternate dimension is a little off-putting when trying to relate it to the mainstream MCU, but it could also just be a poor word choice. Taking place in the future is not a huge stretch, as the original team of Guardians were from the future (we’ll talk more about them in a bit). And with the way the Marvel timeline works, the future would be a splintered web of possible timelines, which could be considered ‘alternate dimensions’. The casting call doesn’t even refer to the Guardians by name, so let’s try not to put too much stock in that until we hear more. This also raises the question of whether or not time travel will play a part in the film as well.
Now let’s get to some of the casting news, which is actually pretty large. Michael Rooker will be joining Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Bautista in GotG, and he will be paying a very interesting role. When the talks began, a lot of fans assumed Rooker would be giving voice to Rocket Raccoon, the as -yet-uncast furry fighter. Turns out Rooker has been cast as Yondu Udonta, an alien from Centauri IV who is best described as a ‘noble savage’. Yondu is basically the farthest thing from Rooker’s last character, Merle on The Walking Dead, although he does love a good bow-and-arrow.
The interesting part of this casting announcement is that Yondu was a member of the original Guardians of the Galaxy, who first debuted in 1969. This team consisted of the last surviving members of various alien races, led by the human Vance Astro AKA Major Victory. This team was the GotG for many decades until the new team was created in 2008. It’s the latest iteration of the team that the movie is based off, so the inclusion of Yondu is very interesting.
The second piece of casting news is the recent announcement of Ophelia Lovibond in an unknown role. However, along with the unknown role came some very big news. THR reported that she will be playing an “aide to a near-immortal being called The Collector, who gathers artifacts and beings in the hopes of saving them from a foretold galactic annihilation.” Whether the role is actually an aide, or maybe even Carina, the daughter of the Collector, we aren’t quite sure yet.
So just who is the Collector? As his name implies, the Collector is a gatherer of rare items, races, and artifacts, which is a role that generally lands him as the opposing force against some of the various heroes of the Marvel Universe. He is also an Elder of the Universe, a group of the last survivors of extinct races that were the first among the universe. Each of the Elders achieved a cosmic state that granted them great power, meaning the Collector is not to be trifled with. He also has numerous ties to Thanos, who we all saw in the Avengers post-credit scene.
His rumored role in this film, along with Yondu’s inclusion and the rumors on the timeline keep raising questions about this film. Which is generally the idea, and helps keep the fans guessing. As always we’ll keep an ear to the ground for more news, which we expect to come soon as the last two members of the team (Rocket Raccon and Groot) still have to be cast.
Lee Pace is in final negotians to play the mystery villain in Guardians of the Galaxy, who we can only assume to be the Collector. Especially since the original report from THR that mentioned Collector has now been changed. Lee Pace is known for his roles in The Hobbit and cult favorite Pushing Daisies, so there will definitely be some happy Daisies fans. We will still have to wait for an official announcement on just who Pace will be playing, which we will bring you news as soon as it’s official.
But it’s probably the Collector.