Proving once again that Marvel Studios is as concerned with the caliber of its acting talent as it is big-budgeted CGI effects and action scenes, the studio is reportedly looking to cast John C. Reilly in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, according to Hitfix. The website reports that Reilly is being courted to play Rhomann Dey, who in the Guardians comics was an alien from the planet Xandar, but here may be reconfigured as a Phil Coulson-style S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
Sources say that Reilly’s Dey would be “the primary face of normal humanity in the Guardians film.” Basically, his character will serve as an intermediary between the Guardians team and S.H.I.E.L.D., so expect to see him in a black suit and straight-laced form — as straight-laced as John C. Reilly can be, anyway. We wonder, though, how much a representative of “normal humanity” anyone with the name Rhomann Dey could be. Still, with Reilly’s possible casting, he’d join a roster that already includes Chris Pratt, geek queen Zoe Saldana, and The Walking Dead‘s Michael Rooker… making this the nerdiest movie of all time.
Representatives for Marvel and Reilly could not immediately be reached for comment.