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Lee Pace circling GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY villain role

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 7:37 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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One of the last major roles in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film appears to be falling into place. Director James Gunn has already secured Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), David Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), and most recently Michael Rooker (Yondu) to play his Guardians in the film, and just yesterday we learned that Ophelia Lovibond (No Strings Attached) has signed on to play a mysterious character that’s rumored to be an aide to the villainous The Controller. Now it appears that Pushing Daisies star Lee Pace is in final talks to play the antagonist in Guardians of the Galaxy.

The folks over at The Wrap report that Pace is in final negotiations to play the baddie in Guardians of the Galaxy. We know that the villainous Thanos will be involved in Guardians in some capacity, but recently we’ve been hearing more about the comics villain The Collector also being involved in the film. Thanos is that big purple guy who showed up at the end of The Avengers and is presumably going to be the principal villain in The Avengers 2, but The Controller is a highly skilled chemist and mechanical engineer who specializes in mind control and sports an armored exoskeleton.

Pace’s role is being kept firmly under wraps, but given that The Controller is the main henchman for Thanos and Marvel likely wouldn’t want to have the same villain for two films in a role, one surmises that The Controller (aka Basil Sandhurst) could be the principal villain of Guardians of the Galaxy with Thanos playing a “behind the shadows” role in the film before he steps into the spotlight in The Avengers 2. Guardians of the Galaxy opens on August 1, 2014.

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