I seriously can't believe that Marvel already had footage from Guardians of the Galaxy to show the fans at Comic-Con! But they did, and it was glorious! For any of you who have been skeptical about this since it was announced, just wait until you see what director James Gunn has in store for you. This movie is going to be amazing, and Rocket Raccoon is going to kick some major ass!
They brought in the cast that has been announced so far which included Chris Pratt as Peter Quill a.k.a Star-Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou as Borath, and Lee Pace as Ronan The Accuser. None of them talked much about the film because they didn't want to give away any plot points. Gillan surprised us with her new bald head for her character though! Her beautiful red hair is gone, and it made me sad. But I'm sure she'll be awesome in the movie!
Here's the description of the footage:
It open up on a desolate alien world, and we see Peter Quill, aka Starlord, walking inside some kind of ancient temple. He moves in to steal an old alien orb. He's then interrupted by a small team of alien cops with big ass guns drawn on him. Their leader Borath, played by Hounsou, orders him to "Drop it now," and asks Quill who he is. "Starlord," he replies, expecting some kind of reaction. "Who?" Borath asks. "Starlord, man. Legendary outlaw... Forget it."
Then there's a shot of someone using some kind of wrist tech thingy, and we're in an alien prison. It then cuts to Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly), who reads through five holographic rapsheets for the Guardians of the Galaxy, who have been arrested. The characters include — Drax the Destoryer, Gamora, "a personal death machine," Rocket Raccoon, who has over 50 charges of vehicular theft and prison escapes, Groot, described as a houseplant and muscle, and then Starlord.
While talking about Peter Quill calling himself Starlord, Quill did this thing where he cranks up his middle finger as if it's a crank. Afterwards, he says something to the effect of, "I'm sorry. I'm not sure how this machine works." Later, Quill is in prison and Drax is listening to his personal stereo, which is playing a bouncy "gamba gamba" tune. Quill rushes in for some reason and gets tasered.
They then go into an awesome montage of action shots, including an alien shooting a gun, a prison riot, Gamora kicking ass, Rocket Raccoon going ballistic on a shootout with a hilariously vicious look on his face.
The footage concludes with Reilly saying, "They call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy," and one of the guys working with him says, "What a bunch of A-holes." And we see the five of them lined up, like the Usual Suspects -- similar to the image above.
Here's the Press Release:
Guardians of the Galaxy, the next epic adventure from Marvel Studios has started shooting at the UK’s Shepperton Studios. Directed by James Gunn (“Slither,” “Super”) from his screenplay, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn, the film will introduce audiences to a whole new side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt (“Zero Dark Thirty”, “Moneyball”) as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek Into Darkness”, “Avatar”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Riddick”) as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit,” “Lincoln”) as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (BBC TV’s “Doctor Who”) as Nebula, two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Amistad”, “Gladiator”) as Korath, with Academy Award® winner Benicio del Toro (“Traffic”) as The Collector, Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly (“Chicago”) as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs,” “Fatal Attraction”) as Nova Prime. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is slated for an August 1, 2014 release in the U.S.
Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Alan Fine and Stan Lee; the co-producer is Nik Korda.
The creative team includes director of photography Ben Davis, BSC (“Wrath of the Titans”, “Kick-Ass”), production designer Charles Wood (“Thor: The Dark World”), BAFTA-nominated Editor Fred Raskin (“Django Unchained,” “Fast Five”) and Academy Award-winning editor Hughes Winborne, A.C.E. (“The Help,” “Crash”), and Academy Award winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Elizabeth The Golden Age”). The film will also shoot at Longcross Studios, and locations in and around London.