A few days back we heard the still-unsubstantiated rumor that John C. Reilly might be joining the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy as a character who, as the liaison between the Guardians and intergalactic space control Nova Corps, is effectively the movie’s Agent Coulson. And now it looks like Guardians’ Nick Fury has been cast, too. And it’s Glenn Close.
Pause for absolute freaking out.
Deadline, which broke the news, notes that Close will be playing a “leadership role” in Nova Corps, while THR comes right out and says that the actress is in final negotiations to play Nova Corps’ head. So will Close play an alien? Members of Nova Corps are technically aliens, but Reilly’s character is apparently human, so it’s possible that Close’s character might be, too. How big will her part be? Who, exactly, is her character?
I don’t even care at this point. My brain is still stuck on the MCU just got itself Glenn Close. And she’s playing a military leader. I just watched Air Force One a few days ago, but I might need to watch it again. Just her scenes, though. Watching Close being competent and schooling her lessers is one of cinema’s greatest joys.
Also: Assuming Close officially signs on, Guardians of the Galaxy will have not one but two kick-ass lady actresses in its cast. Granted, that’s not a heck of a lot (casting’s not done yet, though), but it’s better than Zoe Saldana by herself. And the fact that they went with a middle-aged actresses for the commander role when middle-aged actresses tend to be pigeonholed in the mother category, at least in studio films, is freaking amazing.