James Gunn, Nathan Fillion

I love me some James Gunn, so it warms my geek heart to see that he’s assembling quite the cast for his post-Slither feature film follow-up Super. The film stars Rainn Wilson as Frank, a man who transforms himself into a superhero named Crimson Bolt — despite having no real powers — after his addict wife (Liv Tyler) runs off with a local drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Ellen Page plays a sociopath who becomes Crimson Bolt’s sidekick. While that plot description bears some similarities to Kick-Ass, you can be sure that Gunn’s deliciously weird sensibilities will make it a very different film.

Gunn just announced some new additions to the cast on his blog, and they include geek-favorites Nathan Fillion and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks). Fillion previously starred in Slither, and will play the role of a pop idol who inspires Frank. Cardellini played Velma in the Gunn-written Scooby-Doo movies. Find the rest of the newly announced cast after the break.

The other additions include Andre Royo (Bubbles from The Wire), who plays Frank’s best friend, and a slew of other actors he’s previously worked with. Among them are Michael Rooker as Kevin Bacon’s bodyguard, Gregg Henry, and Mikaela Hoover.

I’ve been a very vocal fan of Gunn’s Slither, and I’ve also enjoyed the PG Porn web shorts, and other web work he’s been doing. This film has the potential to be his biggest release yet with well-known actors like Wilson, Tyler, and Page in the leading roles, and I’m hoping that it ends up being more than a cult success like Slither. The film’s similarity to Kick-Ass may end up being a boon when marketing it, and it shouldn’t be too hard to sell people on a Rainn Wilson-starring superhero comedy.

Discuss: What do you think of these casting choices? Does Fillion instantly make everything better?

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