John C. Reilly Offered to Star in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; Marvel Wants Hugh Laurie, Alan Rickman or Ken Watanabe for Additional Role

     May 27, 2013


James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be one of the strangest films of 2014; that’s pretty much a guarantee when two of your lead characters are a gun-toting raccoon and a talking tree.  Word has it that funnyman John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) has been offered a role in the Marvel film.  While my first thought was that of a voice role for one of the above-mentioned characters (who currently are voiceless), Reilly is being offered a slightly different sort of role.  Comic book fans may be familiar with the name Rhomman Dey, but just how Gunn plans to use that character appears to be a tad unconventional.  A new report also has Marvel showing interest in Hugh Laurie (House M.D.), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter series) and Ken Watanabe (Inception) for an additional role.  Hit the jump for more.

HitFix reports that john-c-reillyMarvel has extended an offer to Reilly to play Rhomman Dey in Guardians of the Galaxy.  In the comics, Dey was the super-powered leader of the Nova Corps on the planet Xandar when the planet was destroyed by the space pirate Zorr.  Seeking revenge against Zorr but mortally wounded in another encounter with the pirate, Dey arrived in Earth’s orbit and granted his powers to the human, Richard Rider.  Gifted with these new powers and tasked with the dying Dey’s wish to eliminate Zorr, Rider takes on the mantle of Nova.  Nova, the intergalactic peacekeeper, has long been aligned with the Guardians … but that might not be exactly the arc that Reilly’s character takes.

The report has Dey as more of a human liaison for the Guardians, cast in the mold of Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson for The Avengers.  Dey would keep the Guardians in line and report to S.H.I.E.L.D. on their activities.  There’s no word yet on how closely Guardian‘s Dey will follow the Dey of the comics, but it’s expected that he’ll be the human face of the Guardians franchise.  He’ll also have a peer agent to help him out along the way; Marvel is reportedly interested in Laurie, Rickman or Watanabe for that role.


Around The Web

Latest News

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III Revisited: “I’m Gonna Die Unless You Kill Me”

The series rebounds by diving into Ethan Hunt’s personal life.

Alternate HITMAN: AGENT 47 Posters and TV Spot Featuring Music by Eminem

Starring Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, and Hannah Ware, 'Hitman: Agent 47' opens August 21st.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5: Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson Play “Would You Rather”

But the big question is, could Simon Pegg *really* beat Tom Cruise in a footrace?

Collider Movie Talk – MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5 Review, GAMBIT Begins Shooting In Fall, and More

The gang also talks 'Bob the Musical', artwork from 'Kung Fu Panda 3', and more.

NOSFERATU Remake in the Works with THE WITCH Director Robert Eggers

Eggers took home the Best Director prize at Sundance for scaring the hell out of everyone there.

Tommy Lee Jones Joins Matt Damon in BOURNE 5

Production is expected to begin later this summer. 'Bourne 5' opens on July 29, 2016.


John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein’s reboot is a trip worth taking.

Bryan Cranston Is a Blacklisted Screenwriter in New TRUMBO Images

Helen Mirren and Diane Lane also star in the drama about the man who won two Oscars under a pseudonym.

THE NIGHT BEFORE Red-Band Trailer: Seth Rogen Celebrates NSFW Christmas

Lizzy Caplan, Jillian Bell, and Michael Shannon also star in Jonathan Levine's new comedy.

New SICARIO Trailer Ratchets Up the Tension

'Sicario' will make its U.S./North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2015.

Page 1 of 4,06312345...102030...Last »