With Iron Man 3 heading to theaters in the next couple weeks, Thor: The Dark World deep in post-production, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier now in front of cameras, the next big development for Marvel Studios is James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy, which continues to build its cast today. The film already has a interesting mix of actors attached, from Chris Pratt as Star-Lord to Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer to Zoe Saldana as Gamora, but now another piece has been added to the puzzle.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that British actress Ophelia Lovibond, who was previously featured in movies like No Strings Attached and Mr. Popper's Penguins, is the latest to sign on for a part in the galactic comic book movie. While the trade has since removed details about the role, the original report said that she will be playing an assistant to a being known as The Collector, described as a near-immortal "who gathers artifacts and beings in the hopes of saving them from a foretold galactic annihilation." She is the second actor to join the cast of the film in the last week, with Walking Dead star and Gunn regular Michael Rooker signed on last week to play Yondu Udonta.
It's worth noting that in the comics The Collector has a connection with Thanos, the big purple dude revealed during the end credits of The Avengers, so this is just one more piece of evidence suggesting that Guardians of the Galaxy will feature the Mad Titan. Production on the film will begin this June, with Marvel and Disney targeting an August 1, 2014, release date.
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