Nathan Fillion’s Role in Guardians of the Galaxy May Have Just Been Revealed
By: Jordan Barbeau
As anyone who has gone on the internet in the past year has undoubtedly heard, a little film known as Guardians of the Galaxy is coming out in just over a month, and we here at NerdSpeak could not be more excited. Personally, the comics run that the movie is based on and takes heavy inspiration from (the incredible 2008-2010 run by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning) may very well be my favorite ongoing comic series of all time. Yes, that is an incredibly bold statement, but seriously, have you read it?
Needless to say, the decision to turn a team of what were once D-list Marvel characters into a movie was not only shocking, but initially a bit worrisome. The concept is so weird, so bizarre, so out there, that the Hollywood who is afraid to take any kind of risk was inevitably going to water it down and take away what makes it unique. Fortunately, Marvel was smart enough to hire the one man in Hollywood bat-shit crazy enough to make such a concept work: James Gunn.
For those that don’t know, James Gunn is a pretty accomplished director of two small films: Slither, a horror-comedy about an infestation of mind-controlling alien slugs that attempt to take over the world by attacking a small farm town (yeah, let that sink in for a second), and Super, a superhero-comedy about a weak, beaten-down man who becomes a superhero to win back his wife that left him for a drug dealer.
As you can tell by those descriptions, Gunn has a very distinct style. As mentioned above, the man is bat-shit crazy (in the best possible way, I might add). In addition to his off-the-wall humor and crazy antics, he also has several actors that he is very good friends with that appear, in some form or another, in damn near all of his works. Two of the main ones are Michael Rooker (known to most people as Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead) and nerd-god Nathan Fillion.
Rooker’s role in Guardians has already been confirmed: he is playing Yondu, a blue-skinned space pirate who is apparently going to be somewhat of a colleague and mentor to Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Nerdy Side-Note: This is a major departure from the comics. In the comics, Yondu is a member of the original Guardians of the Galaxy from 1,000 years in the future. Yes, I said original. Why? Because comics logic, that’s why.). With Rooker confirmed to be in the film, fans went rampant with their speculation as to who Nathan Fillion would inevitably play. Would he be a Nova Corps officer? Would he be another member of the original Guardians in another altered role? WOULD HE BE THANOS?! The speculation ran rampant.
About a week or so ago, it was rumored that Fillion would be playing the most popular of the Novas, Richard Rider. This has since been debunked by Gunn, Fillion and pretty much every nerd-news outlet that wet themselves at the thought of Fillion becoming the future Nova Prime.
Now, more news has broken regarding Fillion’s role. While this is not necessarily confirmed (at least at the time of this writing), if this does turn out to be true, this could be considered a MILD SPOILER, so if you don’t want to know anything about the film, you may want to stop reading now.
Still here? Alright, then…
Rumor has it that Nathan Fillion will be playing the fan-favorite Russian telepathic space-dog Cosmo in the film.
Again, this is not necessarily confirmed, but there are several key pieces of evidence that lend some credence to the claim.
- Fillion was asked at a Firefly panel at Wizard World Comic-Con about his role in the film, to which he replied “Wanting to get a part… or maybe did. I’m just saying maybe. Maybe you’ll be surprised. Maybe. Check the credits.” While this all but confirms the fact that he does indeed have a role in the film, his assertion to “check the credits” implies that he may appear in an unrecognizable form, such as significantly made-up to look like an alien. Or, perhaps, lending his voice to a CG character? Hmm…
- We already know that Knowhere will be a part of the film, and what would Knowhere be without its Head of Security?
- Cosmo is exactly the kind of bizarre-yet-awesome character that Gunn loves to put in his films.
- Gunn is going out of his way to include even lesser-known characters than the main cast in the film, pleasing hardcore fans of the comics. Characters like Ronan the Accuser, Nebula, Rhomann Dey, Korath the Pursuer, Yondu and more probably never would have seen the light of day were it not for Gunn; what’s to say one more can’t be thrown in for good measure?
Again, this is not necessarily confirmed, but if it is, how great would that be? Nathan Fillion as a telepathic, Russian space-dog? Priceless.
What say you, readers? Do you agree? Does the thought of Fillion as Cosmo make perfect sense, or is it a pointless addition to the film? Let us know in the comments.