Karen Gillan shaves head for Guardians of the Galaxy

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Karen Gillan at Comic-Con

Karen Gillan at Comic-Con

Karen Gillan has shaved her head in order to play the brutal space pirate, Nebula, in Marvel's big-budget superhero film, 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.

Karen Gillan has shaved her head for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.

The 'Doctor Who' star - who is best known for playing the Time Lord's feisty sidekick, Amy Pond, in the British sci-fi series - has gone bald in order to play brutal space pirate, Nebula, in Marvel's big-budget superhero film.

The 25-year-old actress unveiled her new style at Comic-Con in San Diego, California, where she arrived wearing a flame-haired wig, which appeared to be her normal tresses, before whipping off the hairpiece to reveal her new appearance.

She then told the crowd: "It's liberating. I think everyone here should shave their heads."

Chris Pratt is also on board for the motion picture as the group's leader, the Star-Lord - who is also 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 film - which will be directed by James Gunn - is scheduled for release in August 2014 but Zoe admits they still have "85 per cent of the movie left to shoot."

She said: "This is sort of like the anti-hero hero movie. We're meeting these characters, they're thieves, they're rebels, they're assassins, and they're going to be learning very big lessons."

Guardians of the Galaxy

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 122 min
  • 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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