August will see the cinematic debut of one of what many people say is Marvel Studios’ riskiest movie yet, the Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m a big fan, I really like the wild bunch aspect to the Guardians. Actress Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora, agrees that they’re not pure heroes.
Saldana told EW:
”We’re the Sex Pistols, we’re the renegades. We’ll come in drunk, we’ll save the day, but check your wallet — we might have taken it.”
Although the film features perhaps the strangest collection of characters that Marvel Studios have attempted yet, that doesn’t mean it won’t be highly connected to the rest of Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the same issue director James Gunn lets slip:
“We’re definitely connected to Avengers 3.”
One such connection is no doubt Thanos himself who Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed was in the film last August, only to be reiterated by James Gun in November. Lee Pace’s Ronan will be working for the Mad Titan. No word yet who is playing the motion-capture character but James Gunn describes him as:
“the head of the snake.”
And as far as being unknown by the general public Kevin Feige doesn’t seem to mind one bit:
“But we like that the Guardians are unfamiliar to people, I didn’t know who Indiana Jones was before I went to see Raiders of the Lost Ark as a kid. I didn’t know who Luke Skywalker was. Really, it’s about making a great movie.”
But what is the film about? Director James Gunn sums it up:
“It’s an origin story of a bunch of characters who have lived life pretty selfishly, and they come upon a cosmic responsibility and have to face up to whether they are heroes or not. They have to make choices, whether to save people and sacrifice themselves or continue to be the bastards they’ve always been.”
But what details does Gunn reveal about the Guardians themselves?
Gunn on Bradley Cooper’s talking, gun-toting Rocket Raccoon, who is a product of bioengineering:
“For me, it’s not Bugs Bunny in the middle of the Avengers. It’s this little gnarled, creepy beast who is very sad and alone.”
On Vin Diesel’s treelike Groot:
“He’s very innocent. He just wants to be liked by Rocket and do the right thing.”
On Dave Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer:
“Drax is a little mysterious in the movie. But we do know that his wife and child were killed by Ronan and he’s very singularly focused on revenge.”
On Zoe Saldana’s Gamora who’s family along with Nebula’s was slaughtered by Thanos, who then raised the pair together as siblings:
“They were bio engineered to [become] living weapons. So she’s really good at killing people.”
On Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, who was abducted from Earth (specifically, Missouri) at 8 years old:
“and raised in a group of thieves and smugglers called the Ravagers. He’s good with the ladies and a little bit of a d!ck and very lucky.”
Who would you like see play Thanos?
Guardians of the Galaxy is being directed by James Gunn from his screenplay, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn. The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou as Korath, with Academy Award winner Benicio del Toro as The Collector, Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close as Nova Prime.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is set for August 1st, 2014.
Source: Entertainment Weekly