John C. Reilly Confirmed for 'Guardians of the Galaxy' But What Role?
by Ethan Anderton
June 14, 2013
Okay, this is getting a little confusing. Just last month, John C. Reilly was rumored to have an offer for a role in Guardians of the Galaxy. Reilly was said to be playing a character named Rhomann Dey, an agent not entirely unlike Phil Coulson who works as the middle man between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Guardians of the Galaxy. This was interesting because in the comic books, Rhomann Dey is the leader of the Nova Corps, an intergalactic military force that serves the Marvel Universe that has been confirmed to be featured in the Marvel film. However, confirmation of Reilly's involvement from Deadline has different info.
The report says Reilly will be playing Ronan "The Accuser" Dey in the film, but that just doesn't seem right. Ronan is a completely different character than Rhomann Dey in the comics, so unless Marvel is combining characters or taking extreme liberties with the universe (which wouldn't be out of the ordinary considering how they handled Mandarin in Iron Man 3), we think there's some confusion somewhere here. Anyway, Ronan is a pretty powerful bad guy, part of the alien race known as the Kree, and in some comic storylines, he's actually the son of Thanos, the villain teased in the mid-credits scene of The Avengers. So while it would make sense for this character to be in Guardians of the Galaxy, the other character in question also fits into the universe as well.
Deadline isn't exactly the best source when it comes to comic book knowledge, but hopefully this detail gets cleared up sooner than later. Or maybe this is all part of Marvel's plan to keep the informed comic book audiences guessing. The prospect of Reilly playing a villain in Guardians of the Galaxy sounds a little more intriguing than another S.H.I.E.L.D agent role like Phil Coulson, but either way, the actor is a fine addition to a cast that has recently seen Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro and Karen Gillan land supporting roles alongside leads like Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana. Stay tuned for more updates.
UPDATE: As we thought, the non-comic book savvy Deadline had their facts confused. They have since clarified that John C. Reilly is indeed playing Rhomann Dey, leader of the Nova Corps. Sounds like that original scoop may have been accurate after all. Either way, we're glad Reilly is part of the cast.