Marvel Studios is close to signing Glenn Close up for its upcoming project. Deadline learns that the Cruella de Vil of "102 Dalmatians" is in final negotiations to be the head of a space police force named the Nova Corps. If all deals are eventually sealed, she will be added to the cast which already includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and others.
While director James Gunn likely gets 66-year-old Close attached to his film, John C. Reilly still considers Gunn's offer. As previously reported, the "Wreck-It-Ralph" actor has been approached to play Rhomann Dey. A former leader of the Nova Corps in the comics, the role in the feature is more of a human liaison for the Guardians.
The studio reportedly also prepares another agent who will help Dey along the way, with Hugh Laurie, Alan Rickman and Ken Watanabe as the contenders for the role.
Pratt will headline the sci-fi flick as Star-Lord and Zaldana co-stars in it as Gamora. Joining them are Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Michael Rooker as Zatoan-tribe Yondu and Lee Pace, who is predicted to take on the role of Ronan the Accuser.
Actors to portray giant tree-man Groot and talking raccoon Rocket are not cast yet.
Starting production in late June in London, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is scheduled to hit theaters nationwide on August 1, 2014.