James Gunn’s risky Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy, is about to start filming here in the UK, and the cast is impressive. Chris Pratt will play Peter Quill AKA Star Lord, Zoe Saldana will play Gamora, John C. Reilly recently took the role of Rhomann Dey, Michael Rooker as Yondu and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer.
Over the past few months names have been added to the cast on a regular basis, and three of those new cast additions have yet to have their roles revealed. Benicio Del Toro joined a short while ago, and there were rumours that he might be playing the Marvel universe’s big villain, Thanos. Lee Pace and Karen Gillan have also recently signed up, but all three have not had their roles revealed, until now.
Den of Geek is reporting just who the characters are for the three new names, and the site is saying these characters have been confirmed by a reliable source close the film. They are reporting that Del Toro will play The Collector, Pace will play Ronan the Accuser and Gillan will play Nebula.
Wikipedia explains who The Collector is:
For millions of years, the Collector lived on an unknown world with his wife and child, spending his days in thought and contemplation. Over three billion years ago, when his wife Matani lost the will to live and relinquished her immortality, the Collector realized he would need a hobby to maintain his own sanity, and began collecting interesting artifacts and life forms from around the universe. Eventually, his obsession reached such heights he collected anything he considered rare or valuable often just for the sake of collecting. As such, he has a wide variety of rare or unique items at his disposal.
The Collector also had the power of prophecy, allowing him to foresee the rise of a being powerful enough to pose a threat to the Elders: Thanos. To protect life in the universe, the Collector created a massive museum of countless life forms to keep them safe from Thanos. For a time, he even possessed one of the six Infinity Gems, unaware of its true power, until Thanos took it.
The Collector possesses the ability to manipulate cosmic energy for a variety of effects, including projecting concussive force beams, and the increasing of his size and mass (and hence physical strength) at will. He also possesses limited shape-changing abilities. His precognitive abilities give him brief visions of alternate future, although he must meditate for long periods to identify the individuals he sees in the vision and its apparent point in time. He has telepathic abilities that enable him to make limited contact with the minds of other Elders. Due to a vow by Death, Collector and all the Elders cannot die and are effectively immortal.
Here is a description of Ronan the Accuser:
Ronan was born on the planet Hala, the capital of the Kree Empire in the Greater Magellanic Cloud. Ronan is a member of the alien Kree race and a member of the Accuser Corps, who are the Kree equivalent of military governors and jurists. His rise through the ranks was extraordinary, and he eventually became the third-most powerful being in the Kree Empire. The Supreme Intelligence appointed him “Supreme Accuser of the Kree Empire,” and in this role he is known simply as “Ronan the Accuser”.
It has been rumoured that both The Collector and Ronan the Accuser will be villainous roles, although in the comics I believe they both swayed between good and evil. In the Marvel’s “Ultimate” Universe, Ronan the Accuser is the Son of Thanos.
Nebula is an evil space pirate, who claims to be the granddaughter of Thanos, so lots of villains here for Guardians of the Galaxy. This film is shaping up to be the most interesting out of all the Marvel films so far.
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.