I don’t know what kind of mojo that Marvel Studios and director James Gunn has, but it has struck again. Having already secured the likes of such heavyweight talent like John C. Reilly and Glenn Close for their upcoming comic book adaptation Guardians Of The Galaxy, the pair have struck again, securing Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro for the film as well. He’ll be joining Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillian, Lee Pace, David Bautista and Michael Rooker in England later this year for filming.
What could be attracting such big names to the film? Who knows, but it is definitely to Marvel’s advantage to have them all on the marquee in order to drive awareness towards a title that might not have the same name brand recognition that Iron Man or Captain America enjoys.
And as to who Del Toro could be playing? That information is currently still under wraps, but Deadline is reporting that “he’s playing a character that is built to be part of future Marvel films.” That definitely implies that Del Toro has been signed to one of Marvel Studios’ famous multi-picture contracts.
Now at this point, it seems as if all the main players from Marvel’s Guardians comics have been cast. Except one – the evil cosimc villain behind the events of last summer’s Avengers movie, Thanos. Granted for that film’s small appearance of the character he was played in motion capture by stunt man Damon Poitier, but I could see where the studio would want a heavy hitter like Del Toro in the part going forward.