Karen Gillan set for Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 June 2013
Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan

'Doctor Who' actress Karen Gillan is expected to play the female villain in Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Karen Gillan is joining the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' cast.

The 'Doctor Who' star - best known for playing the Time Lord's feisty sidekick, Amy Pond, in the British sci-fi series - is being lined up to play the female villain in Marvel's big-budget superhero film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Scottish actress is the latest addition to James Gunn's movie, which follows a team of heroes with special powers who are tasked with protecting the universe.

Chris Pratt is already on board as the group's leader, the Star-Lord - otherwise known as Peter Quill - while Zoe Saldana will play superhuman vixen Gamora, and Dave Bautista is set to portray muscular henchman Drax the Destroyer.

The team also includes Rocket Raccoon, a crime-fighting raccoon, and Groot, a sentient tree, but the parts have yet to be filled.

Karen is likely to join a rival villainous team comprised of Michael Rooker, who will star as main antagonist Yondu, and Lee Pace, while fellow British actress Ophelia Lovibond is also rumoured to be playing a villain.

It was recently reported six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close is in negotiations to star as a leader of intergalactic space patrol group Nova Corp, after John C. Reilly was offered the role of Rhomann Dey, a leader in the Corps.

'Guardians of the Galaxy' is scheduled for an August 2014 release.

Guardians of the Galaxy

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 2min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro
  • UK release: 31 July 2014

When space adventurer Peter Quill (Pratt) finds himself sharing a prison cell with assassin Gamora (Saldana), genetically-modified bounty-hunting raccoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and other crims, they must face power-hungry evildoer Ronan (Pace). With a gag-stuffed script, lively direction and outstanding performances…

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