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Yet another massively talented, award-winning actor has made a deal to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Deadline is now reporting that Glenn Close, who has been nominated for an Academy Award six times, is the latest performer to join the cast of James Gunn's slowly-growing Guardians of the Galaxy. Calling the part "a major role," the website says that she will be playing a leadership role (similar to Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury) in the intergalactic police organization known as the Nova Corps - which also seems to confirm that the film will indeed include the Nova Corps. Story details are being kept to a minimum right now - as is the case with all Marvel movies in their infancy - but Gunn handled screenwriting duties and production is gearing up to start next month.
Close is just the latest to join the cast of the space-set sci-fi adventure, which over the past few months has added Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer, and Michael Rooker as Yondu. The new story also seems to confirm recent reports saying that both Lee Pace and John C. Reilly have joined the project, but doesn't go into any specifics about their roles (the former was rumored to be playing the villain).
Close was last on the big screen in 2011's Albert Nobbs - a performance that got her that sixth Oscar nod - and she's been busy on the small screen starring on FX's Damages. She most recently completed production on director Jeff Preiss' new indie film Low Down and recently started working on Five To Seven with Anton Yelchin.