The first Marvel Studios film to feature non-Avenger characters has only recently begun filming, but already we have seen some early footage as well as images from the London set, along with some recent casting news.
Disney and Marvel have presented quite a bit of material lately during San Diego Comic Con and more recently, D23. At both events Disney showcased a number of great upcoming films, like Marvel Studios Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6, but today we are going to focus on James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
First we’ll talk casting. Vin Diesel has been very vocal regarding his future role with Marvel, starting with his early announcement of discussions on his Facebook account. A few more vague pictures and comments finally resulted in the all but official reveal that he will be voicing the character of Groot in GotG. He recently spoke with Hero Complex about the role:
Hero Complex: OK, so why Groot?
Vin Diesel: I’m an actor. I can do whatever the … I want. As an actor, not everything has to be the most obvious choice. And sometimes, the best thing you can do — as far as Steven Spielberg and his advice — is to defy expectations. So if everybody thinks you’re going to go for this one thing and you flip it entirely and go for the strangest Marvel character, it’s interesting. And when something is interesting, it’s inspiring.
HC: Why did you post a picture of the character on Facebook this weekend?
VD: I get inspired by things. So if somebody sends me a book of conceptual art that’s the best character design work I’ve ever seen — I’m not kidding, I see that and I want to be a little cryptic and I want to say something positive. Even if it’s as cryptic as an old, dated image of a character.
HC: Chris Pratt just tweeted that they’re already halfway through with production on the movie. When would you film this?
VD: That’s the thing — I’m so busy. The audience wanted Vin and Marvel, Vin and Marvel. But I’m too busy to do a six-month role. So what Marvel came up with was really interesting. … I am watching a social wave influence and in some ways guide their thinking.
Groot looks to be in good hands, assuming Marvel Studios officially announces the casting.
A recent addition to the cast will be Gregg Henry, who has worked with Gunn previously on Slither (2006) and Super (2010). No word yet on his role, but with one member of the Guardians still left to be cast, it’s possible to speculate. Henry’s signature voice and personality may fit well with the gruff Rocket Raccoon, which would round out the cast nicely. However, as Rocket is sure to be mostly CGI (like Diesel’s Groot), Henry’s presence on set might not be required quite yet, which would contradict this tweet:
— Gregg Henry (@GreggHenry88) August 19, 2013
With production apparently halfway completed, we haven’t seen as much from the set as some other Marvel Studios films currently filming, but what we have seen has been somewhat revealing. Our first look at some of the makeup work being used on a character in the film (which was erroneously reported as Glenn Close) along with a member of the Nova Corps offers very little in the terms of plot and story, but are interesting nonetheless. You can check out the pictures over on Uproxx for a good close up of a Nova Centurion. (Costume pictured to the right at SDCC 2013)
While the D23 and Comic Con footage hasn’t officially been released, first hand accounts, descriptions, and pictures have only increased the general curiosity and excitement for the film. James Gunn has gone on record saying that there won’t be an official release of the footage that was seen, since it was only put together after 12 days of filming. ComicBook reports:
“Zero percent chance, sorry!” Gunn answered earlier today when asked what the odds were of seeing an official release for the footage. “I know a lot of you have seen the shaky camera footage, but it was made after 12 days if shooting and isn’t a true reflection of the awesomeness we’re trying to create for you.”
For those who saw the footage, it’s pretty astounding that was filmed after only 12 days of production. You can check out the must see parts of the footage over at Buzzfeed.
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