During Marvel Studios’ buzzworthy panel at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, after teasing Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier for the attendees, the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy made a surprise appearance to debut rough cut footage of the film which had only begun filming. They flew in from the London shoot just on time and left immediately after to catch a flight back.
Director James Gunn and Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige introduced each of them one by one, confirming their roles which were – at the time – still comprised of rumors and reports. Among them was Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies, The Hobbit trilogy) who was confirmed to be playing Ronan the Accuser, the primary antagonist of Guardians of the Galaxy adaptation.
Doing research beforehand, Pace told journalists during the Guardians press conference at Comic-Con that there’s something to his villainy that fans can relate to:
“He’s been around since 1967, in Fantastic Four number 65, so there’s a lot of stories that I’ve been able to research. I’m just really excited to make a villain that is complicated and that there’s a core of him that you can find something that you understand, you know? I don’t know, he’s pretty bad though He’s a bad dude.”
Chatting with Click last week for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, where Pace’s Elven King Thranduil finally gets a chance to speak, Pace described the Ronan character he plays in Guardians of the Galaxy which just wrapped production for him the day before.
“He’s a fucking psycho! [laughs]. He’s a real monster. I’ve had the best time playing this character. I’m glad its all on film and I never thought I could be so nuts in it!
Pace continues, praising the director.
”James Gunn is just putting together a phenomenal movie and I’ve had the best time working with him on it. And yea we’ve made a monster of an alien!”
As for the rest of the cast, Gunn tweeted today that the film’s main unit has wrapped, and that the second unit finishes up tomorrow.
After the villainous turns of Loki, Red Skull and Aldrich Killian in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, there’s a lot to live up to in delivering a new and more menacing villain, one who works for the big bad Thanos. We still don’t know what Ronan’s motivations are in serving Thanos or why he’s as bad as everyone says in the film, but we’d imagine there’s more to it if Pace describes him as complicated. And remember, in Marvel Comics, Ronan was first introduced as an enemy but ended up not really being a villain, but a hero of the alien Kree empire – a faction that’s not yet been confirmed for a cinematic introduction in Guardians.
Are you hoping to see Ronan the Accuser for the long haul, or is he best served as an expendable lieutenant of Thanos?
Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn off of his script co-written by Nicole Perlman. Cooper joins a cast led by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close.
Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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