Casting updates: Zoe Saldana for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, Nicholas Hoult for ‘Dark Places’ & Addison Timlin for ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’

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Zoe Saldana is swapping Avatar’s blue skin for a green skin in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Saldana is in final negotiations to appear in the new Marvel space based superhero flick, and she is being cast to play the last remaining human-based character, Gamora. This leaves the talking Raccoon Rocket Raccoon, and the giant tree Groot still to be cast.

The leader of Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill AKA Star Lord, has been cast with Chris Pratt playing the role, and the other human based role, Drax the Destroyer, has been filled by WWE legend Dave Bautista.

Per Heat Vision, Zoe Saldana is in talks to play Gamora in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  The skilled assassin character sports green skin and is that last of her species, which was exterminated by a race known as the Badoon.  More interestingly, though, is the fact that the character was raised and trained by supervillain Thanos before eventually turning against him.  Thanos was glimpsed in the tag at the end of The Avengers and is rumored to be the main villain in The Avengers 2, so one assumes that he’ll also play a major role in the Guardians of the Galaxy story given that Gunn’s film serves as the lead-in to Avengers 2.

We already know that James Gunn (Slither, Super) is writing and directing the Marvel film, but apart from a planned release date of August 2014, very little else is known of the film. The characters are not the most well known in the Marvel universe, and already two characters have been given smaller roles in order to ease audiences in to the story. The talking Raccoon called Rocket and the Tree called Groot will take a back step to allow more human-like characters to be used. The space based superhero’s are set to be lead by Peter Quill, AKA Star-Lord.

Peter Quill aka Star-Lord was born of a human mother and alien father, and he’s a master strategist and combat expert who wears an ability-enhancing suit and pilots a psychically-linked ship.  The character will serve as the audience’s introduction to the galactic world of Guardians of the Galaxy in Marvel’s space-set film. Drax the Destroyer is”a human resurrected as a green warrior with the sole purpose of killing Thanos,”

Deadline describes Guardians of the Galaxy like this: Guardians Of The Galaxy first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1969 but didn’t get its own series until the 1990s. Star-Lord (real name Peter Quill) leads a group of alien superheros who team to protect the solar system from an evil alien race. The good guys are from the future, and another dimension. In the comics, the Guardians worked with The Avengers, so there should be opportunities to use Marvel’s big franchises to help launch the new one.


Nicholas Hoult in a scene from Warm Bodies.


In other casting news, Warm Bodies and Jack the Giant Slayer star Nicholas Hoult (above) has now joined the cast of new psychological thriller, Dark Places. He will be joining lead actress and producer Charlize Theron, and announced this week was that Chloe Grace Moretz was in talks to join the cast as well. It is not known exactly who Hoult will be playing at this time.

The film is based on the very unsettling novel written by Gillian Flynn, and already has Charlize Theron on board to star in and produce. Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Walled In) will direct the adaptation.

Theron will play Libby Day, a woman who witnessed the murder of her family at the age of seven, and testified against her brother as the murderer. Moretz is set to play a character called Diondra, although no details have been issued on exactly who that character is.

Synopsis for the book, courtesy of Amazon

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club . . . and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.


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Finally, Addison Timlin (Californication, Stand Up Guys) has joined Ryan Murphy’s horror remake, The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Timlin will play  “Jami, a girl who survives a copycat massacre at the film’s annual tribute screening and sets out to solve the mystery of who’s recreating the unsolved Sackhead murders, using clues from her own past.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown was a menacing and chilling horror film that came out in 1976. Directed by Charles B. Pierce, the film was loosely based on the true story of a Texas serial killer known as The Phantom Killer. Ryan Murphy said the film freaked him out when he was a kid:  ”I was just starting to babysit my brother, and the ads for that would come on and I would get freaked out.”

Ryan Murphy is re-teaming with producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) to produce the remake for MGM. “I went to (Blum) with this and MGM was gracious enough to let us do it with them. So we’re doing a modern-day version remake, weird meta thing with (it)”, Murphy said.

Now, while the producers are reason enough to be excited, the director is also a very good reason to mark this film on your must-see list. Director of a number of episodes of American Horror Story (including the finale), and also second unit director on Ben Affleck’s Argo, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is in talks to make The Town That Dreaded Sundown his feature film debut.

Not only that, but Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, writer of this years Carrie remake, has already written the script!

Synopsis for the original film:

Set in the late 40?s the residents of Texarkana, Texas are left terrorized by a mysterious hooded killer who is stalking victims during the evening and leaving the local police at a loss.


About Matt Wavish 9999 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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