Guardians of the Galaxy has seemingly procured its villain. It is being reported by The Wrap that actor, Lee Pace is in final negotiations to be cast as the film's momentarily unnamed villain.
Pace, the former star of cult fave TV series, Pushing Daisies, has recently seen his stock soar after having landed parts in lucrative franchises like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, and as an oddly angelic-looking elven king (and Legolas' daddy), Thranduil in last year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; a part he will reprise in the two follow-up films. However, as an interesting fact, Pace was actually up for the role of Guardians' primary hero, Peter Quill/Star-Lord during the film's crucible of a casting process full of top-level candidates. The part would ultimately go to an underdog in Chris Pratt.
At the moment, the identity of Pace's villainous role is being kept under wraps. It's certainly raising questions, since it was assumed that, based on the post-credits scene in Marvel movieverse connected film, The Avengers, that the Mad Titan, Thanos was set to antagonize this cosmic super-team. (Which also has members with origins directly tied to Thanos, as well.) However, it might be the case that the actor will portray an associate of Thanos, possibly setting up a confrontation with the cosmic head honcho for a later film. (Maybe even with help from The Avengers.) The name of the mind-manipulating menace, The Controller has been rumored in the past as a possible addition to the rogues gallery. It is certainly within the realm of possibility for Pace, who joins Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, and the recently cast Ophelia Lovibond in Marvel's experimental space epic.
Guardians of the Galaxy will have a villain trying to get our heroes to push daisies of their own when it hits theaters on August 1, 2014.