Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
The eclectic cast of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy just got a little bit bigger. Ophelia Lovibond has boarded the sci-fi adventure in a supporting role, joining Michael Rooker, Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, and Zoe Saldana. Lovibond’s exact role hasn’t been revealed, but her casting does indicate that The Collector will play a part in the new movie. Hit the jump to keep reading.
The Collector has not appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. In the comics, he is one of the virtually immortal Elders of the Universe. He gathers living beings and artifacts from all over the universe in an effort to protect them from Thanos, whom the Collector has foreseen has the ability to annihilate the universe. Thanos has not played a large role in the Marvel movies thus far, but between his appearance in the Avengers post-credits sequence and his ties to the characters of Guardians, that’s definitely changing in Phase Two.
According to THR, Lovibond will play an aide to The Collector. The trade doesn’t report her character’s name, but one possibility is that she’ll play the Collector’s daughter Carina. Pratt was previously announced as Guardians leader Star Lord, Saldana as green-skinned alien assassin Gamora, and WWE star Bautista as the former human Drax the Destroyer. Rooker was the most recent addition, in the role of Centauri IV hunter Yondu. The roles of Groot the walking tree and Rocket Racoon have yet to be cast.
Lovibond’s been acting for over a decade in her native U.K., with recent credits in Nowhere Boy, 18.104.22.168., and the TV series Titanic: Blood and Steel. Her Statside appearances include Mr. Popper’s Penguins and No Strings Attached. She’ll next star in the Brit indie horror Gozo.
Guardians of the Galaxy is on track to shoot this June for an August 1, 2014 release.