Guardians of the Galaxy, next summer's first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe's cosmic theater may have, appropriately enough, made a casting addition that's way out there. According to Deadline, the one and only Glenn Close will be joining the Marvel super-team who work in the "Big Chill" of space. **Checks calendar to see if it's April 1**
It looks like the rapacious ruffians of space had better keep their pet rabbits safe and sound because the veteran actress will reportedly play a yet-to-be-identified character holding "a leadership role in the Nova Corp." In the Marvel Comic Book Universe, the Nova Corps are the equivalent of DC Comics' Green Lantern Corps who fill the role of an intergalactic police and militia force. Originating from the planet, Xandar, their distinctly-uniformed members utilize a virtually unlimited power from a cosmic energy called the Nova Force. (To varying degrees depending on their rank in the Corps.) The most prominent member of this group was human, Richard Rider, the very first one introduced to us back in 1976 who (like Green Lantern,) simply went by his organization's name "Nova." He's been a member of The New Warriors and is an occasional ally of the Guardians of the Galaxy team.
Now, it seems that we not only have the news that the prominent dramatic film actress and current star of TV's Damages, Glenn Close will join the cast, but also learn in the process that the Nova Corps will be introduced in the film. It will be interesting to see what side of Close's acting chops she utilizes in this leadership role. Will she be the play the proverbial tough old bird? Or will she be presented to us as a type of cosmic Cruella De Vil? Perhaps she may regale us with a bit of Fatal Attraction-esque crazy?
Regardless, the whole Nova Corps aspect is certainly a sign that Guardians could be one of the most sprawling and important entries in the MCU as it makes the ever-critical expansion into the extraterrestrial side of Marvel Comics. For Close, she now joins a cast headed by Chris Pratt's Star-Lord consisting of Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Ophelia Lovibond, Enzo Cilenti, and apparently, John C. Reilly.
Guardians of the Galaxy chews out rookie space cops with a "Jagged Edge" when it hits theaters on August 1, 2014.