DOCTOR WHO's Gillan Latest to Join GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Karen Gillan, best known for her recent portrayal of Doctor Who companion Amy Pond, has been cast in an as-yet unrevealed role in upcoming Marvel Studios production Guardians of the Galaxy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The publication says Gillan will play "the film’s lead female villain," joining the ranks of Lee Pace and Michael Rooker, who have also been cast in unspecified antagonist roles. Earlier this week, Glenn Close was reported to be joining the film, as the leader of the Nova Corps.

THR makes no mention of British actress Ophelia Lovibond, who the Hollywood trade reported was cast in the film in late April. At first THR reported Lovibond was cast as "an aide to a near-immortal being called The Collector" (which could qualify as a villainous role), but later edited their own story removing that reference and altering their report to: "Details of Lovibond’s role are being kept in the farther reaches of deep space, home of Marvel's security bunker."

Both British, both 25-27, and sharing something of a resemblance (if in red hair only), and both reportedly cast in villainous roles by the same source, it remains to be seen if Gillan and Lovibond are both cast in the film, or if Gillan has replaced Lovibond or Lovibond was never officially cast in the first place.

Gillan wrapped her well-received, three-series run on Doctor Who last year.

Guardians of the Galaxy, written and directed by James Gunn, is scheduled for release on Aug. 1, 2014.

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