Benicio Del Toro Joins GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY in Lead Role

     June 3, 2013


Benicio Del Toro nearly signed on to a major sci-fi film when he was in talks to play the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness, and while the deal ultimately never came to fruition, it appears that the Oscar winner is going to be appearing in a rather high-profile franchise pic after all.  Deadline reports that Del Toro is the latest actor to join the truly remarkable cast for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  The nature of Del Toro’s role is being kept under wraps, but it’s said to be a significant character that is poised to also appear in future Marvel movies.  As such, Del Toro’s deal includes the option to appear in a number of Marvel films.  Could the villainous Thanos have finally been cast?  Hit the jump for more.

Director James Gunn has assembled a ballsy yet promising ensemble cast for the space-set Guardians, with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, and most recently Glenn Close and Karen Gillan all set to star.  Del Toro is currently filming Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation Inherent Vice, but Guardians of the Galaxy marks the actor’s first foray into the world of franchise tentpoles. 

The peculiar and relatively obscure nature of the source material makes Guardians a bit of a risk for Marvel, which has been on a hot winning streak as of late with the back-to-back billion dollar grosses of The Avengers and Iron Man 3 , but the studio sure is swinging for the fences on this one.  Guardians of the Galaxy starts production this summer in anticipation of an August 1, 2014 release date.


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  • Romsy

    A grown up Sam Alexander of the Nova Corps?

  • Christian

    Dr. Strange?

    • Hop

      I do wish Viggo Mortensen played Doctor Strange. Or Mads Mikkelsen.

  • Greyson

    Please be Thanos :) Need to make him bigger though…

    • bidi

      if he’s Thanos you know he’s gonna be mo cap like Hulk. but i hope you’re right! go Thanos!

  • Dylan D

    He embodies Thanos!

  • P

    Has to be either Adam Warlock or Thanos. Marvel would not have showcased the Infinity Gauntlet at Comic-Con if it was not very important to the future films. The Infinity Gauntlet Saga is one of Marvel’s most important series. However, if it can make a good movie seems shady at best once you read the series again. Half the universe dying at the snap of a finger…hard to have all of the Avengers crushed so easily… not sure how Marvel will regain the rights to Silver Surfer, who was an integral part of the series.

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  • Lex Walker

    This cast is becoming more absurdly awesome with each new addition.

  • sense11

    Great news, Benicio is a great actor and one of my hometown heroes.

    This movie is going to rock

  • BrostavoFring

    He’s the racoon. I’m calling it now.

    • ya

      Did Chris Pratt and other Guardians get an option to appear in future marvel movies ? That’s the only tidbit that make it seem like he is getting cast as Thanos or significant part for marvel universe.

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  • Bob

    Could possibly be Thanos. If so, they got a great actor to play him.

  • Yurine

    This is certainly becoming the most bizarre casting of actors ever; then again the guardians are a weird bunch of assembled aliens so i think it fits lol.

  • Hop

    Great casting choice! I love Benicio!

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  • Evan

    The cast of this film. THE CAST!
    My god.

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