Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: James Bond Is Back In First Trailer For 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, & More Watch: James Bond Is Back In First Trailer For 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, & More Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Bloody And Bruised In First Trailer For Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Bloody And Bruised In First Trailer For Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV And Books New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV And Books First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join Watch: Explore The Loneliness Of Sofia Coppola's Films With This Supercut Watch: Explore The Loneliness Of Sofia Coppola's Films With This Supercut 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' New Directors/New Films Review: Jia Zhang-ke Produced 'K' Is A New Take On Franz Kafka's 'The Castle' New Directors/New Films Review: Jia Zhang-ke Produced 'K' Is A New Take On Franz Kafka's 'The Castle' Viggo Mortensen Reveals He Turned Down Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' Auditioned For 'Reservoir Dogs' Viggo Mortensen Reveals He Turned Down Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' Auditioned For 'Reservoir Dogs' Jonathan Nolan Says His Original Ending To 'Interstellar' Was “Much More Straightforward” Jonathan Nolan Says His Original Ending To 'Interstellar' Was “Much More Straightforward” The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Glenn Close Joins Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' (Not As The Raccoon)

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist May 29, 2013 at 8:27PM

We mean this mostly as a compliment, but the cast of Marvel's ambitious space flick "Guardians Of The Galaxy" is starting to feel like it was assembled almost at random. So far, we have a rising comic star whose proven equally adept at dramatic fare on the big screen (Chris Pratt, as Peter Quill/Star-Lord), an actress who's already a veteran of two massive space franchises (Zoe Saldana, as green-skinned warrior Gamora), a long-time genre heavy (Michael Rooker, as villain Yondu), a wrestler (Dave Bautista, as Drax), an ever-rising young star (Lee Pace, as a bad guy who'll apparently switch sides), a British actress whose name makes Benedict Cumberbatch's seem down-to-earth (Ophelia Lovibond, as an unknown character) and a beloved character actor (John C. Reilly).
3
Glenn Close

We mean this mostly as a compliment, but the cast of Marvel's ambitious space flick "Guardians Of The Galaxy" is starting to feel like it was assembled almost at random. So far, we have a rising comic star whose proven equally adept at dramatic fare on the big screen (Chris Pratt, as Peter Quill/Star-Lord), an actress who's already a veteran of two massive space franchises (Zoe Saldana, as green-skinned warrior Gamora), a long-time genre heavy (Michael Rooker, as villain Yondu), a wrestler (Dave Bautista, as Drax), an ever-rising young star (Lee Pace, as a bad guy who'll apparently switch sides), a British actress whose name makes Benedict Cumberbatch seem down-to-earth (Ophelia Lovibond, as an unknown character) and a beloved character actor (John C. Reilly).

And now, they have a bona-fide Oscar-nominated legend to join them, as Deadline reports that Glenn Close is set for a role in the movie. While there's no word on her exact role, she's apparently going to play a higher-up in Marvel's space police, the Nova Corp, a role that's been compared to 'Guardians'' version of Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury in "The Avengers" movies. And with Deadline confirming Reilly's participation, that would seem to point to Close taking the role that was recently rumored to be targeting the likes of Alan Rickman, Hugh Laurie and Ken Watanabe. So good on director James Gunn for going gender-blind on this one.

Close has spent the last few years principally appearing in indies and on TV (most notably on "Damages") -- it's been nine years since her last studio picture, "The Stepford Wives." But the six-time Oscar nominee is always a welcome presence, and seems to fill the now-traditional Anthony Hopkins/Tommy Lee Jones/Robert Redford slot of a screen legend getting to let their hair down and have a little fun among the spandex. The film's gearing up to shoot in London in the near future, though there are a few major roles still to be cast, in the shape of gun-toting rodent Rocket Raccoon and walking tree Groot. So yeah, Glenn Close is going to be sharing screen time with a raccoon and an animate plant. "Guardians Of The Galaxy" opens on August 1st, 2014.


This article is related to: Glenn Close, Guardians of the Galaxy


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates