‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Marvel reveals Glenn Close’s role

July 23, 2013 | 6:09 p.m.
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Michael Rooker and Zoe Saldana onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

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Dave Bautista walks onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

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Director James Gunn, left, and actors Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

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Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

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Members of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" cast and crew onstage during Marvel Studios' presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

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Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

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Chris Pratt onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage)

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Dave Bautista onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage)

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Djimon Hounsou onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage)

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Benicio del Toro onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage)

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Lee Pace onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage)

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Michael Rooker onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage)

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Kevin Feige, left, and James Gunn onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage)

On the heels of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” surprise presentation at Comic-Con International this weekend, Marvel Studios announced Tuesday that principal photography on the film has officially begun.

In fact, production began about 10 days before the Comic-Con presentation on Saturday, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige noted during the presentation in the San Diego Convention Center’s 6,500-seat Hall H. Director James Gunn (“Super”) even showed off some early footage from the movie, which seems to be aiming for a very different tone than Marvel’s ensemble blockbuster “The Avengers.”

The film, based on the Marvel comic series of the same name, follows roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, (Chris Pratt) and his squad of aliens (including the furry, fan-favorite character Rocket Raccoon), tasked with teaming up to battle cosmic threats. It’s an oddball idea, and the Comic-Con footage suggested the film adaptation will embrace its humorous elements with snark and irreverence.

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“[Star-Lord] had a hard time as a kid, and now he goes around space, making out with hot alien girls and just being a rogue and a bit of a jerk, and through teaming up with these guys, finds a higher purpose for himself,” Pratt told the audience at Comic-Con.

The “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast boasts plenty of stars familiar to fans of genre entertainment, as well as some seemingly unlikely newcomers. Marvel on Tuesday confirmed the casting of Glenn Close (“Fatal Attraction,” “Mars Attacks”) as Nova-Prime, the highest ranking officer in Marvel Comics’ intergalactic police force Nova Corps. Though several comic characters have held the Nova-Prime title, all have been men.

Joining Pratt and Close are Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Benicio del Toro as the Collector and John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey.

“Guardians of the Galaxy,” currently filming at the U.K.’s Shepperton Studios, is slated for an Aug. 1, 2014, release in the U.S.

Click through a gallery above for a look at the film and its presentation at Comic-Con.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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