John C. Reilly Confirmed For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 1st, 2014 at 7:18 pm,

Nova Marvel Comics Art John C. Reilly Confirmed For Guardians Of The Galaxy

With a combination of high profile casting reports and consistent and frequent praise from Joss Whedon for its script and direction, Marvel Studios has kept Guardians of the Galaxy at the top of our radar as it prepares to begin shooting in less than two weeks.

In addition to the leads Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Zoe Saldana and recently added supporting roles for Benicio Del Toro and Glenn Close, Oscar-nominated John C. Reilly was reported to be in talks with Marvel for a key part that would potentially see him liaising between Earth’s SHIELD organization and the spacefaring Guardians. As it turns out, at least part of the initial speculation was true.

John C. Reilly was originally reported to be playing a version of Rhomann Dey, a character who in Marvel Comics is the leader of Nova Corps (think space police) and of alien descent. The first rumor had him playing a human instead, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent comparable to Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson who would act as a go-between between Marvel’s earthbound and cosmic properties.

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John C. Reilly in ‘Gangs of New York.’

According to Deadline however, Reilly is signed for that part and is actually going to be the leader of Nova Corps. Considering moments earlier they also incorrectly said he’d be playing Ronan the Accuser, and the fact that their description of the Dey character comes from another source, it’s possible that the initial report from HitFix is true and John C. Reilly still could be a human role, even if he has the “Rhomann Dey” name. That would better coincide with the reports of Glenn Close playing the leader of Nova Corps, but then again, this confusion is common for all Marvel Studios productions and it would be strange to use that character name in such a different way.

With Guardians of the Galaxy serving as the most standalone Marvel Studios movie to date, and taking place “95% in space” according to James Gunn and Marvel Studios Pres Kevin Feige, if John C. Reilly is playing a Nova leader, that would give him more screen time, not to mention a type of character we’ve never seen him play.


Iron Man 3 is currently in theaters, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016 and May 5 2017.

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Sources: Deadline, HitFix

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  1. I was waiting for you guys to post this, after reading the Deadline report a few hours ago. Nice!

    So I take it Glenn Close will be like the Nick Fury of the movie. Looks like the Nova Corps will be assembling the Guardians of the Galaxy, instead of the Kree Empire. Love the change!!

    • Being that it’s a team of ex-cons…maybe… the Nova Corps happen to be the ones that had members of the Guardians imprisoned.

      Or.. The Nova Corps are currently chasing after the Guardians

      • It looks like there are going to be many different factions chasing the Guardians at the same time, partly as a way for Marvel to introduce the pantheon of Cosmic forces at play.

      • @l0s, Originally, they were convicts of the Kree Empire. They were already captured and then assembled by the Kree to fight against a cosmic threat.

        I’m thinking the movie will honor that concept bcuz of D&A’s salute to Gunn. I think it will be more than a “maybe” if Gunn uses the Nova Corps instead of the Kree Empire to assemble the Guardians of the Galaxy.

        With all the factions being introduced. One faction has to take sides with the Guardians to fight the opposing factions and with all the rumors and the concept art, it looks like it will be the Nova Corps to take sides with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

  2. For your health!

    • For your Crops!

      • +1

  3. I think HitFix was confused in their original report; misunderstood what their source had told them, misread Wikipedia. Just confused.

  4. He should be playing Ben Grimm.

  5. Does your milk taste sour when you take a sip it? Just check the expiration date dummy!

  6. In the comic, Dey gives Richard Rider all of his Nova Force. Before that, he briefs Rich on why he is giving all of his powers to him. It just so happens, during this time, Rich was laying in a hospital bed.

    Now, this movie will instantly become my number one favorite movie of all time, if right before Rich posses the Nova Force, Dey says, “For your health!”

  7. i wished this wasnt true, I barely stand him as a comedic actor and thats with Will Ferrall along side him. But hey, I have faith in the Marvel machine to make a mighty fine movie, and it cant be as bad as World War Z right?

  8. Hopefully there will be a Nova movie in phase 3 that spins out of this story somehow!

  9. 2 weeks till they start shooting WHO THE HELL IS VOICING RR and GROOT???
    that is all I care about hearing from GOTG, I love the updates but damn this is kind of ridiculous anymore!!

    Gunn said we she hear in a few weeks who was voicing RR and that was a month a half ago at least.
    I am also not to keen on John C Reilly playing a serious character, I know he can do it but I always think of Will Ferrell putting his Balls on JCR’s drum set and it just kills it for me! LMAO

    • they don’t even need to cast voice actors till next year, plenty of time.

      I’m more concerned with where the hell is Adam Warlock?!?!?!

      • Lee Pace might be playing Warlock, based on comments that his character might be getting stand-alone movies.

  10. So I’m confused…the main characters are based on the Abbot-Lanning ’09 version of Guardians, but they don’t appear to be following that storyline AT ALL. They are doing nothing but stuffing this movie full of older (and newer re: Angela) characters that had nothing to do with that incarnation of the Guardians?!


    • They are doing their own thing. Groovy.

    • @Darthballs, Ask Lee Pace.

  11. One thing left to say:FOR THE NOVA CORPS!!!

  12. Guardians Of The Galaxy’ is going to be a huge Disaster for marvel i just know it !!! Lame 90s materiel

    • Your spelling and grammar are a huge disaster.

      • and knowledge of source materiel.

  13. I feel like this movie will do well actually. I think ant man will be marvels biggest flop.

  14. On Bleedingcool theres the news that Karen Gillan is not going to play Angela in the movie.

  15. After this movie, there should be a spin-off for a Nova film, Rhomann would transfer his powers to Richard Rider, just like in the comics.

  16. John C Reilly for Rhomann Dey, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord and Bautista as Drax…you’ve got to be kidding. This movie is doomed to be s***! Matching actors and actresses to a script is crucial, can you really picture these people in laytex and being good action heroes for that matter. Hell No!!!