Doctor Who star Karen Gillian set to play the villain in Guardians of the Galaxy?

By James Dohnert , Updated Jun 02, 2013 04:51 PM EDT

Fans of Doctor Who and Marvel movies rejoice. One time Doctor Who companion Karen Gillian is set to join the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy. Gillian will join an already star studded cast featuring Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) and Chris Pratt (Zero Dark Thirty).

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gillian will play one of the adaptations three main villains. Few details are currently known about the character she will be playing for the film. The Hollywood Reporter says she will join an evil trifecta that already includes Lee Pace (Lincoln) and Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead). 

Speculation has Gillian playing the Matriarch of the Universal Church of Truth. The theory would line-up nicely with the reports that Rooker is playing Yondu Udonta a member of the Church. If the speculation holds true, Pace would seemly play the Magnus the character that started the Church.

Gillian's casting sees her join an already star-studded cast. Previous reports have already pegged John C. Reilly (Step Brothers), Zoe Saldana (Star Trek), and wrestler Dave Bautista for parts in the film. Other reports have also found that Marvel is looking at Hugh Laurie (House), Alan Rickman (Die Hard) and Ken Watanabe (Inception) for roles in the film.

As already reported, Guardians of the Galaxy is being directed by James Gunn (Super). Marvel anticipates production on the film to start in late-June of this year. Production will start in the UK. Guardians of the Galaxy is set to launch in theaters summer 2014.

For Gillian the casting adds to her already successful career in the Sci-Fi genre. She recently finished up her run on the long running Doctor Who. She played the Doctor's main companion, Amy Pond, for two seasons of the show.

She joined the program during its 2010 reinvention. Gillian joined the cast along with current Doctor, Matt Smith, for the shows fifth season. Guardians of the Galaxy will be one of the actress's first major US motion pictures.

Marvel seems to be fond of Doctor Who alums. The studio cast one-time Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston (GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra) in the sequel to Thor. Eccleston is set to star in the film as Thor's main foe Malekith the Accursed.

Rumors have also begun to spread that Marvel is looking to cast former Doctor David Tennant in an as yet unnamed role. Fansite Marvel Cinematic Universe reported last month that Tennant was being eyed for a role in Guardians of the Galaxy. Speculation adds his name to a list of actors that include Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler.

Unfortunately, no reports of the current Doctor joining the cast have been made. For now, Whovians will have to be content with only three of the franchise's actors joining the Marvel Universe.

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