Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan To Play The Lead Female Villain In Guardians Of The Galaxy
Earlier this month we learned of a rumor that said that former Doctor Who star David Tennant had signed on for a role in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. We have yet to hear any confirmation about the story, and we still don’t know if Tennant is actually in any way connected to the Marvel Studios film, but according to The Hollywood Reporter there will definitely be some Who flavor in the galactic adventure film.
Karen Gillan, the redheaded Scottish actress best known for her portrayal of companion Amy Pond in the long-running British sci-fi series, is reportedly the latest actress to join the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy. What may surprise fans of Doctor Who, however, is that she won’t be playing a sweet and lovable good guy in the movie, but rather is the lead female villain. Sadly, the trade doesn’t get any more specific than that.
The actress joins a growing cast that includes Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer, Michael Rooker as Yondu, and Lee Pace, Glenn Close and potentially John C. Reilly in unnamed roles. In addition to directing, Gunn is also handling screenwriting duties, and production is scheduled to begin this summer.
As an avid fan of the modern Doctor Who I couldn’t be more thrilled with this news. Gillan was great on the series and one of my favorite companions – but also it will be very strange to see her in a villainous role. August 2014 can’t get here soon enough.