John C. Reilly Offered a Role in Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Next year we'll see if Marvel's gamble to bring a much more obscure ensemble of heroes to the big screen works when Guardians of the Galaxy arrives on August 1st, 2014. But for now, the project from director James Gunn is still coming together, and some new details have surfaced about a couple new characters and potential cast members. HitFix has word that the versatile John C. Reilly, who has dabbled in comedies like Step Brothers and dramas like Magnolia, has been offered a role in the cosmic comic book adaptation. But what's even more interesting, is the character Reilly would reportedly be playing in the Marvel universe.
Now this bit of news might be a bit of a head-scratcher or comic book fans, but just stick with us. Supposedly, if Reilly should accept the offer, he would 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. The character is said to be human, but in the comic books, Rhomann Dey is the leader of the Nova Corps, an intergalactic military force that serves the Marvel Universe. Perhaps this means there will be some kind of cool reveal for Reilly's character at some point in the film. After all, there were rumblings back in March that the Nova Corps would be featured in Guardians of the Galaxy.
In addition, the Dey character will also have some sort of liaison working with him, and Marvel has been looking at names like Hugh Laurie, Alan Rickman and Ken Watanbe for the part. Any of those names would be awesome additions to the Marvel universe, and it sounds like both would end up being recurring characters as the studio continues to expand their cinematic universe. Reilly just might be the key to making people believe in this crazy assembly of aliens since he can do comedy and drama with great ease. HitFix also has some more details on the plot and certain characters' involvement, but they venture into spoiler territory, so check out their full article if you must know more details. Thoughts?