John C. Reilly confirmed for Guardians of the Galaxy as Rhomann Dey, leader of the Nova Corps

John C Reilly

With the ever growing cast of Marvel’s upcoming superhero film, Guardians of the Galaxy, it has now been confirmed that John C. Reilly is joining the crew to play Rhomann Dey, leader of the Nova Corps. have given the lowdown on the character:

Rhomann Dey was the leader of the Nova Corps on the planet Xandar when the planet was destroyed by the space pirate Zorr. Seemingly everyone else was killed in the attack, including Dey’s family. Dey swore vengeance on Zorr and chased him across the galaxy, battling him along the way. He became mortally wounded and paralyzed after an encounter causing him to seek a replacement who could stop Zorr and make him pay for his crimes. His ship came into orbit of Earth, where Zorr was taking refuge, and he selected a human to inherit his power. That human was a young Richard Rider.

Rhomann Dey linked minds with Rider and explained to him the new powers he has received as well as the threat of Zorr on his planet. At first, Rider thought the encounter was a dream, but soon discovered his powers and accepted his role as Nova. While out testing them for the first time he ran into Zorr who was on a rampage in New York City. Nova decided to fulfill the one who gave him his powers dying wish and defeat Zorr. During the battle, Zorr was teleported away by Rhomann Dey himself. Dey killed Zorr before he himself died, ready to join his family and friends in the afterlife.

Directed by James Gunn, Deadline describes the film as follows: 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.

Reilly joins an impressive cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Glenn Close, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker and Benicio Del Toro.

With production due to start in late June in London, Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled for an August 2014 release date.

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