GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Roles for Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, and Karen Gillan Confirmed?

     July 8, 2013


Even though filming on Guardians of the Galaxy is set to begin soon, the casting is still somewhat of a jumble.  We know that on the Guardians side, we have Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer.  There’s are also Rocket Raccoon, but we don’t know his voice actor yet, and as for Groot, he could be mute.  Then we have Michael Rooker as Yondu, John C. Reilly as Rhomman Dey and Glenn Close as his Nova Corps supervisor.  That leaves Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, and Karen Gillan, but their roles only extended to rumors are best.  Now we might have confirmation on those roles.

Hit the jump for more.  Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014.

benicio-del-toro-imageAccording to Den of Geek, the role of The Collector has gone to Del Toro.  The character has been around since 1966 so naturally he has a long, rich, and confusing biography.  As for how he might factor into the film based on his relationship to Thanos in the comics, Wikipedia provides this bit from The Collector’s history:

The Collector also had the power of prophecy, allowing him to foresee the rise of a being powerful enough to pose a threat to the Elders: Thanos. To protect life in the universe, the Collector created a massive museum of countless life forms to keep them safe from Thanos. For a time, he even possessed one of the six Infinity Gems, unaware of its true power, until Thanos took it.

While this sounds somewhat benevolent, the Collector was an enemy of The Avengers in the modern age, and had to be defeated on more than one occasion.

We also previously reported that the Collector would be “villainous”, and that Pace would play his aide.  Den of Geek reports that Lee is Ronan the Accuser, a member of the alien Kree race and son of Thanos in Marvel’s “Ultimate” universe.

Also in Thanos’ family tree, Den of Geek says that Gillan is Nebula, an evil space pirate and mercenary who claimed that Thanos was her grandfather.  Looking over her character bio on Wikipedia, her relationship to Thanos in the comics is closer than any other character.

But that’s the comics, and that’s the most important thing to remember.  As we saw earlier this year with the Mandarin reveal, the comics are not holy writ.  Assuming these roles are correct, we don’t know how they’ll relate to each other.  Guardians of the Galaxy is bordering on unwieldy when you consider the amount of characters and mainstream audiences’ unfamiliarity with all of them.  Perhaps Marvel will straighten some things out at their Comic-Con panel, but I seriously doubt they’ll give us a particularly clear idea of exactly what director James Gunn is up to with his massive cast.


  • Brad Jemmi

    i’m getting more and more excited for this

  • Brad Jemmi

    i’m getting more and more excited for this

  • Matt Lane

    Pratt has gotten jacked up for this movie

    • Ron

      What, did you think Andy was going to show up on the screen?

  • Alex Hajna

    Hold up… Michael Rooker as Yondu??? How did I not know about that????

  • Mezmero

    I think they should keep this under wraps until they are ready.
    This is on a the same scale as Avengers as far as story goes.
    They are the first line of defense so if they play off that people will
    become interested. Until I see photos and trailer can’t say it will fail.

  • Django9000

    Del Toro as the Collector = PERFECT. RIDICULOUSLY PERFECT.

  • Romsy

    Matt Goldberg sites Wikipedia in his article because he doesn’t know jack about the subject he is writing about. Super professional.

    • Strong Enough

      suck a dick. not everyone is a marvel genius

    • BA

      Is he supposed to use Stan Lee as a source? Your hate for Goldberg is too great, it’s infecting me.

  • Romsy

    Matt Goldberg sites Wikipedia in his article because he doesn’t know jack about the subject he is writing about. Super professional.

  • Elephant

    Not interested in this yet. Need to see more marketing.

  • Sam Van Haren

    Groot is not mute. He says, “I AM GROOT” with various inflections and emphasis depending on its meaning. Anyway, super excited for this. James Gunn is the perfect choice to direct.

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  • MrDynamite

    Author needs to get some better info. Guardians has been shooting for 3 weeks already in the UK at the time of this article. Should also mention that Djimon Honsou has a role in the film too, playing Korath…..

    • Jubaer

      Whoa? Seriously… How have you come to know this? (Regarding Korath btw…)