Dream Casting: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

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Aug 10, 2017

Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood projects based on comics and other media. This isn't just about what is being made; this is about what should be made, and who we think should be the stars.

With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arriving on Blu-ray and other video platforms, it feels like the perfect time to start looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. So far, we know that director James Gunn is coming back, and in fact is already hard at work on the screenplay. We also know Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) is going to be in it, and given that stinger at the end of Vol. 2, it's safe to assume she's going to bring Adam Warlock along.

But who will they cast as Adam Warlock? And while we're at it, who else from the Marvel comics might make their movie debuts in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? In addition to Ayesha, Vol. 2 introduced Mantis, Ego, Taserface, Starhawk, Martinex, Aleta, Charlie 27, Krugarr, and Mainframe, so I'm reluctant to set an upper limit on how many comics characters might show up for the third movie.

As usual, we have no inside information here. These are purely my opinions on which comics characters would be fun to have in the movie, and who should play them.

Alexander Skarsgård as Adam Warlock

Skarsgård is very tall, ridiculously handsome and in great physical shape, so the fact that The Legend of Tarzan is the closest he's come to a superhero movie is actually pretty bizarre. Just paint him gold, put an Infinity Gem on his head and he's the perfect Adam Warlock.

Cara Delevingne as Moondragon

Delevingne (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) has this wonderful unearthly quality that's perfect for a haughty psychic who occasionally turns into a literal dragon. Whether you paint her green and keep her as Drax's long-lost daughter or leave out that connection and make her human, she'll fit right into the team. Plus we already know she looks good with her head shaved.

Samira Wiley as Phyla-Vell

Phyla is a Kree woman of unusual power, whether she's known as Quasar or Martyr. Wiley (Orange is the New Black) adds so much to everything she's in, and Marvel really should be recruiting her to play whatever superhero she wants. Also she and Delevingne would make a great couple.

Alexander Flores as Nova

We met the Nova Corps in the first Guardians, but we haven't met a Nova who flies under his own power or one recruited from Earth. Whether the writers would prefer to call the character Sam Alexander or Richard Rider, Flores (The Maze Runner) will bring some youthful energy to the proceedings.

Laura Prepon as Angela

Prepon usually has dark hair these days, as in Orange is the New Black, but those who remember That '70s Show know that being a redhead wouldn't be new for her. More importantly, she's tall, intimidating and would look amazing in a suit of space armor.

DJ Qualls as Bug

It's strange that a man as unique-looking as Qualls (The Man in the High Castle) has never played a space alien. Not only will he look fantastic painted green with antennae, he can probably pull off Bug's vocal ticks. He's also from Tennessee, and with Yondu gone it would be nice to have another inexplicably Southern alien around.

Stephanie Beatriz as Yellowjacket

Okay, I know the female Yellowjacket is mostly forgotten as a Guardian of the Galaxy (she joined in the '90s), but bear with me. How about this: Small-time crook Rita DeMara steals a variation on the armor Corey Stoll wore as Yellowjacket in Ant-Man, and in the chaos of Infinity War she ends up in someone else's spaceship departing from Earth. Soon enough she hooks up with the Guardians and becomes their newest member. And the kicker is, she's played by Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz. Tell me you don't want to see that.

Ben Foster as Vance Astro

After Vol. 2, Vance is the only founding member of the Guardians who still hasn't appeared in a movie. It's probably because his origin involves being a thousand years old, and unlike the original version of the comics team, these Guardians don't live in the 31st Century. But fans of the team would love to see him, however briefly, so I'm sure there's a way to make that happen. Foster (Hell or High Water) is just an interesting actor who can work through whatever kind of containment suit you put him in.

Danny McBride as Pip the Troll

Pip isn't the same kind of troll Thor fights; he's an alien who's basically a good guy but mostly prefers to lead a debauched and slovenly lifestyle. Use special effects to make McBride (Alien: Covenant) three feet tall and he'll do hilarious things with this role.

Dwayne Johnson as the Champion

The Collector appeared in the first Guardians movie, and the Grandmaster is in Thor Ragnarok, so the Champion seems like the next Elder of the Universe in line for a movie appearance. The Rock has yet to get involved in the MCU, and I can't imagine a better role for him than a huge wrestler from outer space who constantly brags about how amazing he is.

Indira Varma as Abigail Brand

Brand is the no-nonsense woman who's in charge of Earth's defense from aliens. Varma (Game of Thrones) is really excellent at being stern and forceful, and I for one would love to see her with bright green hair.

Ian McNeice as the Kree Supreme Intelligence

We met the Kree in the first movie but we haven't seen anything of their society yet. From the comics we know that they're ruled by a big green head that has subsumed the minds of the greatest Kree thinkers who've ever lived. McNeice, best known in the U.S. for playing Winston Churchill on Doctor Who, has a great face and voice for the job.

Carel Struycken as Eternity

The true nature of the character (or characters?) Struycken plays on Twin Peaks is still something of a mystery, but he makes a great cosmic being. If MCU plotlines continue to escalate, an appearance by the embodiment of all space and time seems inevitable, and Struycken is the giant for the job.

Brian Blessed as Death's Head

Especially given his age, we don't need to actually put Blessed (Flash Gordon) in a robot suit. He can simply lend his amazing voice to the role of this quirky robot bounty hunter, who will most likely be a CGI creation anyway.

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