James Gunn Adds Nathan Fillion & Others To His ‘Super’ Film

Published 4 years ago by , Updated April 8th, 2012 at 10:52 am,

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Take an overly self-confident, kiss-up paper salesman and combine him with the daughter of a big-lipped rock legend, a movie star that has a six degrees of separation movie game named after him, a tiny girl that has been pregnant, had the ability to “phase” through objects and knock girls on their butts and what do you get? James Gunn’s next film Super.

The Office’s Rainn Wilson (The Rocker) stars as a regular Joe type guy, Frank, that decides to fight crime as a superhero (sans powers) after his wife Sarah, played by Liv Tyler (The Incredible Hulk), runs off with a slimy drug dealer, Jacques, played by Kevin Bacon. Taking the persona Crimson Bolt, Frank teams up with Libby, played by Ellen Page (Juno, Whip It!) who decides to be his sociopath sidekick, Boltie.

So how would Gunn make a great cast like that better? By adding in an actor who’s played a space cowboy and an actress who’s played smarty-pants geek girl. Every geek’s favorite brown coat, Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Trucker) and the super cute Linda Cardellini (Scooby Doo, Brokeback Mountain) have joined  Super.

According to Gunn’s blog, Fillion will play a pop icon in Super who will be the inspiration for Frank’s Crimson Bolt persona – while Cardellini will eventually become the new love interest, although at this time her name is only listed as “Pet Store Employee.”  Other additions to the cast include Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls), Stephen Blackehart (who’s made a living from being in at least six knock-off film released by The Asylum), Valentine Miele, and Andre Royo (The Wire).

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Super, written and directed by Gunn, should fit into place nicely with the rest of the director’s filmography of classic cult favorites. Slither remains one of my favorite horror/comedy films that never really got the mainstream recognition it deserved; while Scooby-Doo, on the other hand, did receive a fair amount of mainstream success (but was never really taken seriously). Of course, a movie about a walking, talking, crime-solving CGI dog on an island of ghouls run by Mr. Bean is sort of hard to take seriously.

If you’ve never had a chance to watch any of Gunn’s work on PG Porn, then I highly recommend you run over to Spike TV and watch a few episodes. They are mildly NSFW and contain no nudity but are full of double entendres, tons of cleavage and star Sean Gunn and Nathan Fillion alongside some of the adult movie industry’s…um…”biggest” stars. It’s super funny and worth the watch.

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My only concern for Super is that it now stars several people who have had popular shows cancelled – Fillion (Firefly) and Cardellini (Freak and Geeks) – and a guy that hasn’t done anything that didn’t go straight to DVD bargain bins (Blackehart). I’m not knocking them, nor am I questioning Gunn’s choice in actors and actresses for his film – quite the opposite; I like ALL of his choices but I can’t help but be wary of the “curses” that follow Fillion and company.

Doesn’t matter really, because either way I’m still going to watch this in theaters and I can already tell you I’ll own the Blu-ray when it drops as well.

What are your thoughts on the new cast announcements for Super and how do you think it will fair with mainstream audiences?

Super kicks the living snot out of bad guys with his pipe wrench sometime in 2010.

Source: /Film

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  1. its these types of films that will kill off the comic book superheroes big screen life span.

    cos people will get tired of seeing super hero movies wether it be comical or comic book, it will grow tiresome for mainstream audiences.

    atleast come up with something original.

  2. Ellen Page and Kevin Bacon are extremely choosy in the roles they play. I expect this script has characters that are honest and well written. The “Superhero” thing is probably just a location for a real action drama with darkly humorous overtones. I'm in :-).

  3. You're right, unfortunately Rainn Wilson is the only semi-marketable actors. It's dream casting for geeks like us, but general audiences won't much care for them.

    Still, this looks like it'll be pretty good. And I'm not terribly surprised he cast Fillion, that was sort of a given.

  4. Nathan Fillion's been doing great with his new show Castle, hasn't he? I don't see him as an obscure actor; he's becoming more and more well-known. I don't think it's odd casting. Even if he weren't as known, I think it's awesome of James Gunn to go for talent rather than hiring someone just because they're more well-known (but may not have the talent to do the role justice). Frankly, I think we could stand to see more directors and studios think that way. How many films could have been so much better with less BIG NAME actors playing the roles?

  5. I agree Sink. I was talking more tongue-in-cheek. Of course I think casting Fillion in anything is a good idea. And I obviously like Gunn.

  6. This has something of a “Mystery Men” smell to it..

    .. and in what alternative universe would Liv Tyler marry Rainn Wilson? :-)

  7. i dig it

  8. Actually, if you're looking for something with a Mystery Men feel to it, try watching The Specials. ;)

  9. Fair enough, Young. ;)

    And I agree. Casting Fillion in anythbing is probably a good idea, and James Gun is clever and very fun. His PG-Porn with Fillion horrified me (a hammer, oh dear) and cracked me up at the same time.

    P.S. Are you sitting on a dolphin in a pool, in your avatar? Heee. I have no idea why, but that tickles me.

  10. Oops. Apologies for the butterfingers typing. That “anythbing” obviously should be “anything.” I'm sorry, I think I was distracted by your pool toys. ;)

  11. Quick correction–Gilmore Girls wasn't cancelled, the lead actors declined to renew their contracts despite the network's desire for them to do so.

  12. I do believe you are correct Mr. Gunn, either way it was the only show my wife watched that I enjoy watching with her. Horrible ending that gave no closure to a show with multiple story arcs. Thanks for your input sir. I'll make a quick correction.

  13. Yeah thanks…790 said the same thing. It's a move I like to call “riding the whale” which is oddly reminds me of my first girlfriend.

  14. HAHAHAHA

    And… OUCH, man.

  15. well if it has a Mystery Men feel to it, that would be alright with me. Fillion is a fave as well and it's not like he hasn't had success with Castle and before it in a supporting role in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. Firefly was a critical success and he obviously did well in Serenity and Slither

  16. well if it has a Mystery Men feel to it, that would be alright with me. Fillion is a fave as well and it's not like he hasn't had success with Castle and before it in a supporting role in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. Firefly was a critical success and he obviously did well in Serenity and Slither

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