‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Who Is Lee Pace Playing?

by Ryan Rigley

Big news on the “Guardians of the Galaxy” front this weekend as HitFix reports John C. Reilly could potentially be up for a role in Marvel’s first purely-cosmic film. The role in question? Rhomann Dey, leader of the Nova Corps and human liaison between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Yes, you read that correctly. Not only is it looking like S.H.I.E.L.D. might have its hand in “Guardians” but so is the entirety of the Nova Corps!

HitFix was also kind enough as to shed some light on Michael Rooker’s Yondu and Lee Pace’s mysterious role. Apparently, Yondu will be the main villain of “Guardians” (is Thanos taking a backseat?) and Pace will be playing a character that starts as a villain but becomes a hero by the end of the film, thus allowing for another spinoff franchise.

So who exactly is Lee Pace playing? Here are five guesses!

Adam Warlock
Created by scientists working for the Enclave, Adam Warlock was taken in by the High Evolutionary who bestowed him with the green soul gem as a means of defeating the evil Man Beast of Counter-Earth. Throughout his struggle, Warlock opposed the Universal Church of Truth (a crazy space cult led by a purple madman called the Magus). Eventually, however, Warlock learns that the Magus was actually a future version of himself, driven insane by over-exposure to the soul gem.

Captain Mar-Vell
Hailing from the Kree homeplanet of Hala, Mar-Vell was initially sent to Earth tasked with spying on our race in order to decide whether or not we posed a threat to the Kree Empire. As time went by, Mar-Vell grew fond of humanity and was eventually deemed a traitor to the Kree cause. Mar-Vell has superhuman strength/durability and has been a member of both the Avengers and the Defenders in past years.

Wonder Man
Born the son of one of Tony Stark’s business rivals, Simon Williams was caught attempting to embezzle funds from his company and subsequently sent to jail. Blaming Tony for his misfortunes, Simon teamed up with Baron Zemo and Enchantress who turn him into a being of pure ionic energy. Simon was then sent to join the Avengers with the intentions of destroying them from the inside out.

The Sentry
Middle-aged, overweight junkie Bob Reynolds awoke one morning realizing that he was, in fact, the superhero known as the Sentry and that his arch-nemesis, the Void, was returning to Earth. He sought the help of Earth’s mightiest heroes, and ultimately discovered that the Sentry and the Void were one and the same and that Bob suffered from a pretty severe case of Multiple Personality Disorder.

Chosen at random by the last surviving member of the elite Nova Corps, high school student Richard Rider inherited the powerful Nova Force and all of the responsibilities that it entailed. In the comic books, that last surviving Nova Centurion was actually an alien named Rhomann Dey (perhaps played by John C. Reilly?). That being said, it seems like the chances of Lee Pace playing Nova in “Guardians of the Galaxy” are exponentially high, especially with this additional information that the Nova Corps might be featured quite heavily in the film.

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