Since the moment James Gunn signed on to Guardians of the Galaxy, folks have wondered if his good friend and regular collaborator Nathan Fillion might find his way into the film. Fillion, of course, has a busy day job as the lead in ABC’s detective series Castle, so anything larger than a cameo in GOTG was unlikely. Wish granted? Rumors have been afoot in the last couple of days that Fillion will have a small but large part to play in the upcoming Marvel Studios film, but if this latest rumor is true, while the role will be small, though not as important to the as previously believed, it will still be quite memorable.
To recap, the rumors about Fillion in GOTG began this past weekend when Gunn confirmed via Twitter that Fillion did indeed have a cameo in the film, a favor the actor did for the director. From there, people began speculating that Fillion was playing Nova, a human hero that’s part of the intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corps. After the internet blew up with that bit of speculation, Gunn appeared again on Twitter to refute the idea that Fillion was Nova.
That “Sorry, humans” gag should have been a clue if this latest rumor is to be believed. If you want to remain surprised about the Fillion cameo, may I suggest you stop reading now. If you are at all curious, keep reading. Those of you who want to be spoiler-free, you have till the count of 10.
Yes, Fillion is in Guardians of the Galaxy, but the role he is playing is somewhat less… Human. Fillion will be playing the part of Cosmo, an Earth dog that was once an experimental animal in the Russian space program who, through mutation, gained psychic powers. Here’s the description of Cosmo via the Marvel Wiki:
Cosmo was a former test animal of the Soviet Space Program. He was launched into Earth’s orbit as part of an experiment but he drifted off into space at some point during the 1960’s, arriving in Knowhere and at some point being mutated, he eventually came to serve as the station’s security chief.
That. Is. Awesome. Having Fillion, beloved by sci-fan fans everywhere for his role as Capt. Malcolm Reynolds in Joss Whedon‘s Firefly and its feature film follow-up Serenity, show up in a human role might have been a little too jarring if he were to appear in the film. Fillion as a talking dog though? Amazing! We’ll call it one more reason to look forward to GOTG.
Guardians of the Galaxy is in theaters everywhere August 1.