Benicio Del Toro
When the Guardians of the Galaxy went to Knowhere to meet Gamora’s buyer, audiences were introduced to Taneleer Tivan, The Collector (Benicio Del Toro), whose sole MO is to collect the galaxy’s unique relics, fauna, and species as part of his collections. In his museum, he had Cosmo the space Dog (please let him be in Guardians 2 and have telepathy), Howard The Duck, A Dark Elf, A Chitauri soldier, the Slither space slug, and even possibly Beta Ray Bill and Adam Warlock. He actively sought out the Power Stone, and offered to purchase Groot upon his death. Needless to say, he likes to collect things.
When it comes to the Predator film series, the star has always been the titular alien hunter who’s constantly on the look out for the most dangerous game of all. Having said that, the Predator has chased a wide variety of game on the big screen, from the preternaturally strong Arnold Schwarzenegger in the first Predator, to the somewhat more average Danny Glover in Predator 2, to Adrien Brody with a big freakin’ gun in Predators. But if the following news is true then the Predator is really about to meet his human match for the upcoming Shane Black sequel The Predator. (more…)
One of the most interesting parts of Guardians of the Galaxy was when the heroes made a pit stop in Knowhere. As soon as the audience is taken there, we get our first “Cantina Bar” moment, where we are introduced to all sorts of aliens and their cultures, showing you how vast this world is. Even the location of Knowhere is the head of a dead alien! Once we get through to we meet Gamora’s buyer, The Collector played remarkably well by actor Benicio Del Toro. In his lair, we have yet another Cantina Bar moment as he truly lives up to his name collecting various alien species as artifacts. The Collector’s lair offered a plethora of Easter Eggs for the Marvel Cosmic Universe. Some of those Easter Eggs include Cosmo The Space Dog, Howard The Duck, The Dark Elves, and The Chitauri. Other possible ones might include Adam Warlock, Beta-Ra Bill, and many others. The Collector also provided a great detail of exposition for the audience as to what the Infinity Stones are, their origin, and what they are capable of.
If nerds know one thing, it’s that Disney plays for keeps. After The Force Awakens blew the lid off the box office, Star Wars: Episode VIII, seems to be well underway, with filming starting…just today, apparently. But what’s that? There’s more? Of course there is!
Will The Collector be coming back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Despite a social media comment made by co-star Zoe Saldana to the portray-er of The Collector, Benicio Del Toro, last fall that included “I’ll see you on Guardians!”, the future of some of the supporting characters seems a little less certain than that of their core counterparts. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel will of course be returning, as will Michael Rooker, who played Yondu, and Karen Gillan, who played Nebula. Situations for Lee Pace, who played Ronan, and Del Toro, are not as certain. (more…)
Never content to merely exist in the moment so far as Star Wars is concerned, even though we’re still months away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’re now talking seriously about what comes next in Episode VIII. We know that Rian Johnson is writing and directing the next film in the sequel trilogy, and presumably it will feature much of the cast of The Force Awakens, but isn’t two-and-a-half years out a little much to guess what else is going on with the film? Apparently not. We’ve gotten breaking news today that a renowned and award winning actor is being considered for the bad guy in Episode VIII, and his name is Benicio del Toro. (more…)
The ABC special Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe doesn’t air until Tuesday, but we’ve got a trailer and some new stills from the special featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Commander Rael (Glenn Close), Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), the Collector, (Benicio del Toro), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Drax (Dave Bautista). (more…)
Marvels upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy has officially announced the casting of it’s final, and most curious role. You know him, you love him, he’s the gun toting fury known as Rocket Raccoon. Confirming last week rumors, he’s to be played by none other than Bradley Cooper. A trigger happy raccoon with a Cockney accent is to be played by a mediocre westerner… yeah, that makes sense.
Cooper joins Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Vin Diesel and Gregg Henry in the sci-fi adventure featuring a comical company of galactic protectors.
I may have my doubts about an actor known for having 1 too many Hangovers, but I’ll give him a shot (see what I did there). Roles of prominence never go to the actors we think we want (in my case, I wanted David Tennent for this), but rather the ones we never knew we wanted. So, there’s room for surprise. With that said, I bet a lot of women will be disappointed that he won’t be physically in the movie.
In other Guardians of the Galaxy news, actor Chris Pratt and marvel talking head Kevin Feige, said a whole lot about the upcoming spectacular.
In an interview with IGN Pratt discussed what his experience has been like shooting the film,
It’s been really great. It’s hard to even put into words, especially for someone like me who has the vocabulary of a sixth-grader. It’s been a real trip. There’s a lot of super talented people working on it – artists. That’s what I always loved about comic books as a kid, the drawings. I didn’t ever read them that much. I wasn’t too big into the stories, but I loved the artwork and the covers. I’d like to draw a lot as a kid myself. So to see that, as they did making these comic books, they’ve hired the best artists in the world to do the concept artwork and to design these worlds. It’s so imaginative and so unreal. We’re working really hard and I’m in a bit of a daze, but I just can’t wait for people to see what we’re doing out there. I think that footage they showed at Comic-Con is very accurate to the movie that we’re making. I thought that footage was pretty badass.
He goes on to talk about the tone of the film saying,
Yeah, I think tone is the major thing we have to accomplish, a consistent tone, going from silly and comedic to high-stakes drama and action, and everything in between. It’s really up to James, and I trust everything that he’s doing. I think we’re getting good stuff. I don’t know what to say about it other than it might be…Oh! It’s the greatest movie of the 21st century! That’s what I’ll say. It’ll be the Citizen Kane of movies other than Citizen Kane.
In a separate interview with Empire Kevin Feige fielded a whole lot of questions about the film as well. Here’s the best of them:
On the if the film will take place at the same time as the other Phase Two movies:
“The general answer is yes. It’s not exactly revealed what year or month it is in relation to the other Phase Two films. But yes, it’s the same time.”
On if it’s more of a stand-alone film:
“Certainly more than the others. We’ve already said that Thanos plays a part in it and is a character in it. That in and of itself should tell you it’s connected to the other worlds.”
On the main villain:
“Ronan The Accuser (Lee Pace) is very much the main bad guy. And Thanos is lurking above it all. You will learn more about Thanos in Guardians, for sure. Certainly you’ll get more than the one turn-around-and-smirk. You’ll get much more than that.”
He also gave brief breakdown of each of the characters in the Guardians team.
“They are an unlikely band. It’s pure circumstance that brings them all together throughout the course of the movie.
- “Rocket [Raccoon] has been genetically and mechanically altered, he’s an experiment from one part of the galaxy.
- “Groot is a species that happens to look like trees look, and is quite communicative if you can understand the different inflections in the way he says, ‘I am Groot.’
- “Peter Quill left Earth in the mid-’80s, but when we meet back up with him he’s very much a citizen of the Universe.
- “Drax (Dave Bautista) has one goal and one goal only, which is to kill Ronan because of a past tragedy.
- “When we meet Gamora (Zoe Saldana), she’s a bad guy working with Ronan and Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Korath (Djimon Hounsou), and by extension for Thanos. Gamora doesn’t necessarily like doing that anymore, and tries to find a new path for herself. But she has such a reputation as the deadliest woman in the galaxy that people aren’t greeting her with open arms.”
Sources: GeekTyrant (Pratt and Feige comments) and Marvel
Okay, I’m not going to pretend I understand anything about this: I know NOTHING about Guardians of the Galaxy, or how the following quote proves anything. So I’m just gonna report:
Clive Russell (Game of Thrones, and the FANTASTIC Neverwhere miniseries) will be appearing in Thor: The Dark World as the Norse God of War, Tyr. Below is an interview Russell gave to Jan Gilbert for Flicks and the City, wherein he states (at 2:15):
I worked with Benicio Del Toro on a scene in which he was meant to be quite angry. Sitting fifteen feet away I couldn’t hear a word he was saying.
Now, it is confirmed that del Toro will be directing Thor 2 AND GotG….and “relatively” confirmed that Russell will be in Guardians as The Collector. Honestly, that’s the only connection I see–I could be missing something, but I’m not going to claim I understand anything further….
All right, here’s the source of my, and thus my readers’ confusion. I misinterpreted this sentence in the source article:
“Del Toro recently signed up for a multiple movie deal with Marvel, and it seems like Thor 2 will be the first of those out of the gate. According to pretty substantial-seeming rumours, though not yet anything official, his role is that of The Collector, ancient, monomaniacal horder.”
I mistook who they meant when they said “his role”. I thought they were referring to Russell, and to del Toro as the director of these movies. The idea of del Toro as an ACTOR in these films makes a LOT more sense….AND explains how Russell’s comment could be a clue regarding a Thor 2/Guardians connection.
Sorry about that, folks! 😛
UPDATE PART 2: (sigh)
Um….I just confused actor Benicio del Toro with director Guillermo del Toro, didn’t I?
Okay, for the last time–my mistake. Sorry again. Guillermo del Toro has absolutely NOTHING to do with either Thor 2 or Guardians of the Galaxy, and I apologize for misleading readers in such a manner.
Exciting times! Production on Marvel’s The Guardians of the Galaxy is getting underway in the U.K., and naturally more details are trickling out about the film in terms of who might be playing who. But first, some eye candy.
This picture was sent out via Instagram over the weekend, and it features the end result of Chris Pratt‘s Star Lord diet and workout regime. The Parks & Rec actor doesn’t necessarily need such a ready-for-action physique for his day job, but Pratt is definitely in fighting shape now. Here’s the Tweet and the pic courtesy of MTV. Ladies (and maybe some guys out there), get ready to swoon.
“No beer for six months,” huh? Well, I’d say it was worth it.
So who is Pratt getting ripped in order to take on? Well, the UK’s Den of Geek (via Bleeding Cool) has apparently unlocked the secret casting. According to them Benicio Del Toro is playing The Collector and Karen Gillan is playing Nebula. The site also confirmed again that Lee Pace is playing Ronan the Accuser.
For the uninitiated, The Collector is one of the Elders of the Universe and has on repeated occasions tried to “collect” the Avengers, he also predicted the rise of a force powerful enough to take on the Elders: Thanos. Del Toro is rumored to be signed up for multiple Marvel movies, so don’t expect this to be the last time we see the character. As for Nebula, she too has a Thanos connection, she’s his granddaughter, and a bit of a menace in her own right.
Interesting news, right? And don’t expect this to be the last because more news about Guardians of the Galaxy will likely trickle out as production marches forward. Stay tuned.