‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Seeks John C. Reilly For Coulson-Like Role?

Goodness gracious, “Guardians of the Galaxy.” You just couldn’t take a nap during the holiday weekend, could you?

Lots of news and speculation came out of the cosmic corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the Memorial Day weekend, thanks to the fine folks at HitFix.com. The highlight of the report: John C. Reilly might be the latest actor to join “Guardians,” in a role not unlike Agent Phil Coulson.

More details after the break!

According to HitFix, Marvel is reportedly eyeing Reilly to play Rhomann Dey, leader of the Nova Corps. That’s right: the Nova Corps is apparently a big part of “Guardians,” and Reilly might be the man to lead them. The site describes the character as “designed as the Agent Coulson of the ’Guardians’ movies. He’s the human agent who serves as a go-between, keeping the Guardians in line and reporting to SHIELD about their activities.” The part is apparently “a big commitment,” so, hopefully that means we can look forward to 9000 Marvel movies featuring John C. Reilly cameos.

HitFix adds that Reilly’s character will “have a peer, someone who is their liaison for the Guardians, and Marvel is looking at names as disparate as Hugh Laurie, Alan Rickman, and Ken Watanabe for that part.” Disparate? Yes. Awesome? Also yes.

On top of that, the site notes that Michael Rooker’s Yondu is “this film’s bad guy, a space pirate of sorts,” while Lee Pace’s character will be a villain “at least at the start of the film,” eventually switching sides “so he can be set up for his own spin-off film.” So, who’s Pace playing? HitFix speculates Nova, Adam Warlock or Mar-Vell, but their guess is as good as ours … and as good as yours. Let us know what you think of all the crazy “Guardians” news and rumors in the comments section below or on Twitter!