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John C. Reilly Confirmed for 'Guardians of the Galaxy' But What Role?

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June 14, 2013

John C. Reilly

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.

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  • Xerxexx
    Villain role, please!
  • DAVIDPD
    I'd like it if he was Rocket Raccoon.
  • Dampfish
    I can see how this may have been easily confused. "Rhomann Dey" and "Ronan Day" sounds pretty alike if said out loud... I'm hoping for the latter, in any case! Btw, does anyone else think that John C. Reilly looks a little bit like Thanos did in the Avengers? :P
  • David Banner
    That's a great picture of John :)
  • alonso
    where is the header pic from?
    • Xerxexx
      Cedar Rapids.
  • Cody w.
    I really hope DC gets there shit together. Marvel properties have become so popular that they can do whatever they want with the source material and people will eat it up no matter what. The call of duty of the movie industry if you will.
    • CHRUKA
      I agree. Marvel's cosmic universe is my favorite aspect of Marvel comics. It's filled with incredible stories with incredible characters. The more recent version of GotG is certainly comedic in tone, but to also include the Nova Corp as part of that has me a little worried. I think making the movie a full blown comedy would be a big mistake and the director needs to take great care not to turn it all into Spaceballs 2. It shouldn't be a comedy. It should be a light-hearted space adventure filled with fun and danger. Somewhere between Dirty Dozen and Goonies. Reilly as Dey... we'll have to wait and see how it plays out. I'm sure we'll see more at SDCC.
  • SinisterRed X
    He's Def Rocket Raccoon!!! Wreck it Ralph told me!!!

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