Marvel debuted a new “Guardians of the Galaxy” featurette during Tuesday’s episode of ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The behind-the-scenes clip showcased prominent members of the movie’s ensemble cast discussing their roles in the cosmic adventure that’s set to arrive in theaters Aug. 1.
“It’s a not a typical superhero movie,” star Zoe Saldana explains at one point.
Directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name, “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt as the roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord. Once the interstellar scofflaw steals a mysterious orb, Quill finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe.
Quill is forced to team up with a squad of alien misfits to battle the galactic threat — a group that includes a gun-toting creature named Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper; Zoe Saldana’s green alien assassin Gamora; Dave Bautista’s vengeful Drax the Destroyer; and a tree-like humanoid Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel.
In addition to the five guardians, the cast also features Michael Rooker as Yondu, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Benicio del Toro as the Collector, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey.
“Doctor Who” star Karen Gillan plays the sadistic villain Nebula. In a recent interview with Hero Complex, the actress — who also stars in the horror film “Oculus,” which opened in theaters Friday — said she shaved her head for the role, saying goodbye to her signature red tresses, and underwent rigorous stunt training – or, in her words, “action hero boot camp.”
“She’s got a cybernetic arm, a cybernetic eye, she’s completely blue and bald and she’s like a master of weaponry,” Gillan said of her character. “Whenever I would walk around, people were literally gasping at me, and I was like, ‘Sure, this is worth five hours [in the makeup chair] for this.’”
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— Gina McIntyre| @LATHeroComplex
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