With filming already underway on Guardians of the Galaxy and two members of the voice cast - for Groot and Rocket Raccoon - still unannounced, many Marvel fans are poised and waiting to hear which actors will be behind these well-loved characters. Though neither were named at D23 last week, there is a fair bit of evidence to suggest that Vin Diesel, who has been in talks with Marvel recently, has been handed the role of Groot.
In lieu of official word on this, however, some more unofficial glimpses behind the scenes of Guardians of the Galaxy have emerged, giving an early look at some of the make-up and costume designs for director James Gunn's space opera, including the reveal of a fairly major character.
Screen Rant was lucky enough to catch some preview footage of Guardians of the Galaxy at Comic-Con this year, but Gunn's debut in the Marvel movie universe is still filming in London, and a host of new set photos have just appeared online, courtesy of CBM. Shot mainly on Millennium Bridge, the photos show a diverse group of civilians and Nova Corps officers fleeing from an unknown terror behind them.
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Glenn Close is also featured quite heavily in the set photos, playing the role of Nova Corps leader Nova Prime, but you'll be forgiven for not immediately recognizing her under what looks like an extensive make-up job. Digital Spy has a few closer images of Close in her full regalia, and it looks like the costume and make-up department aren't pulling any punches when it comes to the alien aesthetic. Some of the designs are verging on tacky and there are some concerns to be had regarding whether Close will be able to express a full range of emotions through her heavy prosthetics, but there's no way of knowing what the final effect will be until we see it on the big screen.
[UPDATE: Bleeding Cool reports that the actor in these set photos isn't Glenn Close after all, which is good news for those who weren't happy with the make-up job.]
Sadly, no other members of the primary cast can be spotted in these set photos (though one of the actors has been mistaken for Zoe Saldana a few times), but if further location shoots are planned then hopefully we can expect to see Chris Pratt, Dava Bautista and perhaps even the real Saldana in costume as Gamora before too long.
With that in mind, however, there's probably a limit to how much footage for Guardians of the Galaxy can be filmed in existing locations, rather than built sets. Unlike Thor or The Avengers, there's every indication that Guardians of the Galaxy will be set almost entirely in space or on alien planets, with the intergalactic superhero team operating out of their teleporting space station, Knowhere. Whether London will be used as a stand-in for a different planet or these aliens really will find themselves on Earth is unclear, though the former seems more likely.
What threat do you think Nova Prime and the other aliens are running from in this scene, and how might it fit into the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy? Share your thoughts on this, and the alien make-up and FX, in the comments.
Guardians of the Galaxy is out in theaters on August 1, 2014.
Source: CBM & Digital Spy