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James Gunn Confirms Nathan Fillion’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Cameo

Who is Nathan Fillion playing in Guardians of the Galaxy?

Over the weekend, Guardians director James Gunn confirmed the ongoing rumor that the Castle and Firefly actor would have a small role in the film, but kept quiet about what that part would be. The scuttlebutt/wishful thinking is that Gunn cast Fillion as cosmic superhero Nova/AKA Richard Rider.

This wouldn’t be the first collaboration between Gunn and Fillion (or even their first superhero film together): Fillion played a small-town cop battling carnivorous space slugs attempting to alternately zombify and impregnate a small town in the splatter horror movie Slither, and later popped up in a small cameo as a hallucinatory Christian TV superhero in Super alongside Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page.

If the Nova rumor plays out, that would be an interesting approach to the character, who started off as a cosmic version of Spider-Man (a teen given superpowers tasked with juggling his personal and “professional” lives). That’s not necessarily a big deal – the character hasn’t been a teen in the comics for years, and you could see the 43-year-old Fillion playing off of the adult cast of of Guardians a little more readily than a someone playing the character as a high school student.

I’m actually hoping the cameo’s Ego the Living Planet, because for whatever reason, when I read the comic page below, I hear Fillion’s voice.


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  1. Dakota Ogalla says:

    He’s playing Cosmo the dog. He’s going to do the voice and it’ll be found in The Collector’s “library”

  2. Kyle_Voltti says:

    Have Quill show up at a bar and join a card game with Mal and heck while we’re at it Han and Lando

  3. Jamie says:

    I read the “…he did as a favor to me” part of Gunn’s comment as confirmation that Fillion is NOT going to be playing Nova or any other major character from the comic books.  Regardless of how small the part may be in this movie, I do not see Marvel allowing any character which could possibly play a larger role in a future movie to be cast that way.   
    That’s fine.  I’m sure it will be a fun moment, whatever it is.   I can totally see the cameo being Mal at a bar – or as an inmate at the prison (though it would be harder to recognize him as Mal if he’s in a prison jumpsuit instead of the trademark coat.)

  4. Corey says:

    Captain Mar-Vell.

  5. gerg says:

    There is a comic book character named Dick Rider?

  6. Duh says:

    Nova is currently a teen in Marvel continuity….

  7. Chris Rector says:

    captain hammer cameo!

  8. John Keel says:

    Um … hello? You totally neglected to mention Nathan’s amazing work in James’ “PG Porn” web series! Does no one bother with research anymore??

  9. W.H. Lock says:

    I bet he’ll be in a bar dressed as Mal. 

  10. Having him show up as Mal in his space cowboy outfit would be the best cameo ever.

  11. cardsfanbj says:

    I’m hoping it’s a cameo at the end of the film for a role in an upcoming one!

    That or Mal is flying around the ‘verse