Latest GUARDIANS Rumors; Ruffalo Signed for AVENGERS 2

The Guardians of the Galaxy rumors continue to pile up, with HitFix reporting over the weekend that Marvel Studios is looking to cast "the Agent Coulson of the Guardians movies," and have made an offer to Oscar-nominated actor John C. Reilly.

The character is named Rhomann Dey, who is described by the site as "the human agent who serves as a go-between, keeping the Guardians in line and reporting to S.H.I.E.L.D. about their activities." In Marvel Comics continuity, Dey was the leader of the Nova Corps, which, if the anonymously sourced report turns out to be true, would seemingly indicate an interest in using Nova in Marvel's feature films.

The same article states that rather than Thanos, Yondu — to be played by The Walking Dead's Michael Rooker — is the film's main villain, and that Lee Pace's currently unrevealed role will be "playing a villain who will eventually switch sides so he can be set up for his own spinoff film."

The article also says that Zoe Saldana, reported to be cast in the co-starring role of Gamora, "apparently is not fully committed to the film yet." Last week, USA Today published an interview with Saldana about Guardians of the Galaxy that portrayed no uncertainty about her involvement, with the actress saying she was "excited" about the role, and describing the impending production as "walking into an unknown territory."

Something that definitely looks to be a done deal: As ongoing reports say that financial concerns are making the complete main cast's return a tricky proposition, Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo, while promoting this week's release Now You See Me, told HitFix in an interview published Tuesday that he was signed on for the Avengers sequel.

"I assume so," Ruffalo told the site of his return. "I've signed on for it, so unless they have a change of heart — and they have in the past — I'm there."

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