With the beginning of principal photography on Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios and writer-director James Gunn are hard at work casting the vast amount of new characters for the space-faring adventure. Three of the heroic leads will be played by Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Zoe Saldana, supported by Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, Ophelia Lovibond and Enzo Cilenti in unconfirmed roles. This week alone - if the reports are true - we can also add Oscar nominees John C. Reilly and Glenn Close in key roles as well.
We cannot yet officially confirm who any of the supporting characters are playing but several of them have been rumored to be playing villains, including the latest of which, comes from Doctor Who fame.
No, we aren't confirming previous rumors that former Doctor David Tennant is voicing Rocket Raccoon. THR has the scoop that former Companion Karen Gillan has joined the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy and will be playing the lead villain. Gillan finished her four years (2.5 seasons worth) on BBC's Doctor Who last year and has since worked on two upcoming films in supporting roles. Guardians of the Galaxy will mark her major feature film debut.
With Lee Pace and Michael Rooker also potentially playing villains as well, the Guardians will seemingly have to overcome many obstacles on their way to becoming a team. There are conflicting reports on both of these two, ranging from Rooker playing an original Guardian to him being a villainous "space pirate" and Pace playing a villain to him having a redemption arc that could lead to a spinoff movie. That makes speculating on Gillain's character much more difficult, so we'll just throw the totally unsubstantiated fun idea out there that she could be playing Death - the being Thanos aims to please.
Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, 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 2 on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and Doctor Strange sometime after that.
Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes who you think Karen Gillan is playing!