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Benicio Del Toro Lands a Major Role in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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June 3, 2013

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Big casting news to keep the hype going for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Deadline is reporting that Oscar winning actor Benicio Del Toro has signed the deal to put him in "multiple movies" starting with Guardians of the Galaxy. Whoaaa now who is this? No other specific details on his character have been revealed, but some are speculating Del Toro might even be playing the big bad villain Thanos. Is it possible? We'll have to wait and see. Del Toro is the latest to join the eccentric and rather crazy cast that James Gunn is putting together for Guardians, which recently lined up Karen Gillan for a villain + Glenn Close as a cop.

Here's the exact text from Deadline about Del Toro's role: "They are keeping his role under wraps, but heโ€™s playing a character that is built to be part of future Marvel films, which means he has signed a deal with options that put him into multiple movies." Benicio Del Toro was once rumored to be in the running for Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, before it eventually went to Benedict Cumberbatch. He's currently filming P.T. Anderson's Inherent Vice and Andrea Di Stefano's Pablo Escobar film Paradise Lost, with roles in one of Terrence Malick's films and Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P. He's another intriguing addition to this cast.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, being directed by James Gunn, has a cast that currently includes Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer and Michael Rooker as Yondu, plus Lee Pace, Glenn Close and likely John C. Reilly. There are still a few more roles left to fill before shooting starts this summer. After getting some recent glimpses at more concept art and the Phase Two preview video, Guardians of the Galaxy is looking quite epic, but it will also be Marvel Studio's biggest risk to date. The Marvel Studios movie will arrive in theaters on August 1, 2014. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments

1

I have complete confidence in James Gunn but its nice to have some star power in this film.

Jon Odishaw on Jun 3, 2013

2

If they really want to keep his character secret they should list him as "John Harrison" on IMDB. THAAAAAANOOOOSSS!!!!!!

Jedi on Jun 3, 2013

3

This is great news! I have never read a GOTG comic and I can not wait for this movie to come out! I love the cast so far!

Crazy Legs on Jun 3, 2013

4

This sounds like it could be the most expensive Marvel movie yet! These A-list stars are not cheap! Looking forward to this!

The Truth on Jun 3, 2013

5

Let's go Benicio. One of the best actors out there.

thejon93rd on Jun 3, 2013

6

FINALLY Some star power

Brian Sleider on Jun 3, 2013

7

Thanks for the Star Trek spoiler.

Eric Spiegel on Jun 3, 2013

8

Ha! I know, hadn seen Star Trek yet either.

mooreworthy on Jun 4, 2013

9

Yup, got me too. My fault I guess for not seeing it yet.

germss on Jun 5, 2013

10

As your attorney I advise everyone to see this movie when it comes out.

Cody W on Jun 3, 2013

11

regardless of who he's playing...this is fantastic news. Benicio is a badass and this movie just jumped up a lot on my list of most anticipated films

ColtNoir on Jun 3, 2013

12

Would have liked to have seen him as Into Darkness's Khan... But the writing and character wasn't there for Cumberbatch, so who knows. And I'll still defend Wolfman ๐Ÿ™‚

cobrazombie on Jun 4, 2013

13

I am glad he missed Star Trek for this. On top of the fact that he is an excellent actor,don't get it twisted,they want more latinos on the seats

Great actor on Jun 4, 2013

14

God this is GREAT news!! Benicio is one of my favs! Wolfman was incredible and Savages was great too! Been waitin to c him again now I have something to look forward to with him the movie will kick ass for sure!

crystal on Jun 7, 2013

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