Lee Pace to Play the Villain in Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 23rd, 2013 at 11:46 pm,

Lee Pace Lee Pace to Play the Villain in Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel and writer-director James Gunn (Super) are steadily filling out the cast for the comic book-based space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, featuring Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) as the human Peter Quill (a.k.a Star-Lord). He will be joined by WWE/MMA actor Dave Bautista, The Walking Dead alum Michael Rooker and the British actress Ophelia Lovibond; meanwhile, Star Trek‘s Zoe Saladana has essentially locked down the role of the alien Gamora.

We now have another update on the Guardians casting, and it concerns actor Lee Pace. The fan-favorite star of Bryan Fuller’s canceled Pushing Daisies TV show – who also had small roles in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Lincoln and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey last year (he’ll be back in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this December) – was among the actors who tested for the Peter Quill role.

The Wrap is reporting that Pace has entered final negotiations to play the villain in Guardians, after Marvel was highly impressed with his audition for Star-Lord and kept him in mind for a different role in the film; though, we were rooting for him to play Ant-Man instead, once he was passed over for the lead in Guardians.

The Controller Marvel Comics Lee Pace to Play the Villain in Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy

While Pace’s role is being kept under-wraps for now, we previously reported on a rumor concerning the identity of the antagonist who is featured in Gunn’s (not really) Star Wars-ian comic book adaptation; that is, Basil Sandhurst (a.k.a. The Controller) might be the central antagonist in Guardians of the Galaxy.

For those not up on their comic book lore: The Controller is a henchman of Thanos, who (now famously) appeared during the mid-credits scene in The Avengers. The Mad Titan’s creator Jim Starlin has suggested that Thanos will be pulling the strings on the Guardians baddie -meaning The Controller would be a logical choice – and that could build up to him becoming a more prominent player in Avengers 2.

Here’s a telling excerpt from our Rob Keyes’ description of The Controller:

In Marvel Comics, Sandhurst was a human scientist whose unethical methods and bad temper had him blacklisted in the research community. Like many superheroes, Sandhurst became more than a normal person when a lab experiment went awry thanks to his brother.

Guardians of the Galaxy is being rewritten and directed by James Gunn and begins shooting in London this summer. It will be released in 3D.


Iron Man 3 releases in U.S. theaters on May 3rd, 2013, followed by Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and Doctor Strange sometime after that.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. The more I read about GotG, the more confident I become that it’s going to be a stellar movie.

    • Saw what you did there. Well played.

      • Haha, nice job. I am glad that someone noticed. I was going to write great, but I used stellar for a double entendre.

    • I am afraid it will be stellar, as in way out there in outer space somewhere. I think this movie will be putsy (mainly because of the talking tree and rocket ranger raccoon). I hope it does not bomb, but I am afraid it will cheapen The Avengers universe.

      • @Goldilocks, I’m afraid your copy & paste comments cheapen this site.

      • What a tool!

        • @ Guardian Outlaw

          That was very funny!

      • Well, much of the movie will be in outer space, hence my stellar comment.

        Don’t worry. The movie won’t bomb.

        • Goldilocks has to be a troll. Thunder god with magical hammer, guy who turns into giant green monster when angry? Totally believable. Genetically engineered coon and tree-like alien? Don’t make Goldilocks laugh. Those things are SO unrealistic.

          • Haha

  2. i think it’s gonna be pretty awesome. they will sure have to market the movie because not has many people have heard about guardians of the galaxy

    • They will once it’s all finished and ready to go.

  3. Thank you for protecting those of us who have to wait till next week to see IM3.

    And on another note, me I am still rooting for Beta Ray bill to show up, either in Thor 3 or this, or both, think hes an interesting character who could have interesting implications on Thors future

    • And those of us who won’t see it until this thursday when it opens in the UK.

    • Imagine a Thor 3 that’s basically a film retelling The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill. Who would voice Skuttlebutt?

  4. Yes!!

  5. Nice casting! Pace deff looks to be more of a super villainous character.

    The only thing I’ve see him in is “The Hobbit” and in that (for the brief appearance), he did act like a real scumbag.

    • Yeah, Thranduil. He’s a real @$$hole.

  6. great casting choice. and thanks for tellin ppl not to spoil iron man 3 i think i maybe have been spoiled on another article i just hope its a small spoilers and nothing major

  7. I don’t see the resemblance at all????!!!

    • We haven’t seen what the film version of Controller looks like so there’s nothing to compare it to.

  8. I think Josh Lawson aka Doug the gug from house of lies would make a pretty good ant man, or at least a good addition to the marvel family

  9. Good for Pace. I had him as a topic pick for two roles now.

  10. Sorry, I can’t see The Controller being in this. There is no need.

  11. He would have been a great Ant-Man, but I am very pleased to see him as a villain too. Good to have him in the MCU! :D

  12. The first thing I saw this guy in was Pushing Daisies. I’m not going to lie, it’s going to be hard for me to see him as a super powered villain. Up until now I’ve fully supported there casting choices. Chris Pratt and Zoe Saladana are great choices for their roles; and they even some how managed to get Michael Rooker a role. I mean yeah I wish they had gotten Jason Mamoa to play drax rather than Batista, but Batista was the best part of “The Man With The Iron Fists” which was more of a spoof on Kung-Fu movies than an actual throw back in my opinion. So I’m going to assume the guys at Marvel know what they’re doing and will give them the benefit of the doubt.

  13. Sounds like a good choice who did he play in Lincoln?

  14. My Guess is Pace will be Magus/Adam Warlock. They have confirmed that the Controller is Thanos’ henchman, not that he is the villain. Also, they have “The Collector’s Aid” which we all think will be Carina, but my guess that is setup for GOTG 2, and that will be Korvac. But with Yondu being confirmed, he is from an alternate, future timeline, which screams Magus.

    Obviously all speculation, but to me anyway this makes the most sense, especially when you look at Lee Pace as the actor.