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.
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, 2014, The 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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