Karen Gillan Is the Lead Female Villain in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

James Gunn is directing this Marvel Phase Two ensemble starring Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, and Zoe Saldana as Gamora.

Karen Gillan joins the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy
Karen Gillan joins the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy
Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has joined the growing cast of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. The actress is playing the Phase Two ensemble's lead female villain, although her exact identity was not revealed.

Chris Pratt stars as the Guardians' leader Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, with Dave Bautista playing Drax the Destroyer, Zoe Saldana portraying Gamora, and Michael Rooker depicts Yondu. Lee Pace is playing the primary villain, who also has not been officially identified, but whom many believe is Taneleer Tivan, a.k.a. The Collector. We reported in April that Ophelia Lovibond is playing one of The Collector's henchmen, one day before Lee Pace signed on as the "unidentified" villain.

James Gunn is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Chris McCoy and Nicole Perlman. Production is scheduled to begin next month in the U.K.

Karen Gillan played Doctor Who's companion Amy Pond from Season 5 through Season 7

Guardians of the Galaxy was released August 1st, 2014 and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan. The film is directed by James Gunn.

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  1. JMP

    @thomasclarke yea they say Thanos has a small part in the movie but will see.

    2 years agoby @jmpFlag

  2. Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

    @jmp Sweet, so is Thanos the antagonist in this also? Sorry I am not a major comic book fan - I like them but dont read them or follow them fully.

    2 years agoby @thomasclarkeFlag

  3. JMP

    @thomasclarke she is Drax The Destroyer's daughter who was taken by Thanos and train to be a killer servant.

    2 years agoby @jmpFlag

  4. undeadslayer4

    @vincente-avengers-alonso its photoshop not everything gonna be what u expect it to be

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  5. undeadslayer4

    @skywise ok but ur gonna explain that to @vincente-avengers-alonso

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  6. undeadslayer4

    @skywise ya i reconsider my comment

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  7. undeadslayer4

    @ejk1 sometimes

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  8. ejk1

    @undeadslayer4 The elevator doesn't always reach the top floor for you, does it?

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  9. Vincente 'Avengers' Alonso

    @undeadslayer4 No, no she really didn't. she was whiny, annoying, unoriginal, her character did not evolve at all, the only good thing she brought to the table was Rory having a reason to DO things. The companions should be important, not be famous for WAITING. Rose became Bad Wolf, Martha went against the Master on her own, Donna stopped Davros. Don't even MAKE me get into Sarah Jane or Ace or...everyone that isn't Amy Pond. Bitch is also too pale. Like neon white.

    2 years agoby @vincente-avengers-alonsoFlag

  10. skywise

    Also, @undeadslayer4 I agree with both @ejk1 and @john-m on their assessments of how she will handle the role.

    "the style and grace that means nothing to me" - that seems like a fairly odd thing to say.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  11. skywise

    Yes @undeadslayer4 he beat me to it but @john-m nailed it. Matt Smith says that its a good time to get out. I could go for another season or two personally and their have been Doctor for substantially longer. Tom Baker played the cahracter for seven season and is regarded by many as the best Doctor of all time. I disagree though, Matt Smith has been my favorite.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  12. undeadslayer4

    @john-m well they better hurry up and do that i cant wait to see the next doctor and i wonder if Gillian gonna be a whiny villian just like in doctor who

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  13. John M

    @undeadslayer4: Matt has already decided he is going to leave. His later appearance as this version of the Doctor will be in the Christmas Special. Matt has decided to move on just as Tennant and Eccleston have before him, and in fact I think the average run for an actor playing the Doctor is about 3 seasons. The BBC is not going to try and keep him, because they have dealt with this many times before with Doctor Who. The actors are interchangeable. What matters is finding an actor who can fit the character, which I hope they do.

    I also agree with @ejk1 Gillan is a beautiful woman with good acting ability who I would love to see play a villain, and who like ejk said can pull of her role with style and grace.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  14. undeadslayer4

    @ejk1 the style and grace that means nothing to me

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  15. ejk1

    @undeadslayer4 You asked how she will pull this off, I said with style and grace. What are you unclear about?

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  16. undeadslayer4

    @skywise i have to agree she did great in doctor who but thing im concerned if their gonna keep Matt Smith for few more seasons

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  17. undeadslayer4

    @vincente-avengers-alonso face it she did great in doctor who

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  18. undeadslayer4

    @instead8909 well she is gonna be a terrible villain
    @ejk1 ur not making a point

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  19. Vincente 'Avengers' Alonso

    God dammit, this bitch needs to stop acting. She already ruined Doctor Who, don't touch the MCU.

    2 years agoby @vincente-avengers-alonsoFlag

  20. Brizzy

    Now im seeing this. Wasn't before, but now I probably will.

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  21. skywise

    shes really not Sexy at all. She IS pretty though. In fact she so damn awkward...thats what I love about her.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  22. WongFu

    @Zak-Lee-Ferguson she's got the whinny voice in real life as well. she's got the talent and looks but the voice that's what puts me off her. I tried watching one of her other projects and I had to switch it off.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  23. skywise

    @instead8909 I agree that Jenna Louise Coleman is the better companion. She certainly is prettier. I only hope that since the huge mystery surrounding her character has been solved they will give her character some depth and development.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  24. skywise

    Awesome. She was bad ass in The Girl Who Waited and The Wedding of River Song. I am very interested to see her as a true villain.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  25. Zak Lee Ferguson

    @instead8909 grow up dude, she has more depth to her than that, and it was what her character represent. Lord, this is a great choice, great to see working class Television actors breaking it big

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  26. WongFu

    Dear lord - now my hopes for this to be good has diminished, she's whinny and annoying. I guess I was the only one that hated Amy Pond. The new companion is far better than her.
    Now I will not be seeing this film.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  27. The King of Thorns

    I'm a fan of Gillan, but this cast is feeling pretty bloated, B and C-listers or not.

    2 years agoby @rexspinasFlag

  28. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Also, her sexy face is weird

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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