The film – about a jet pilot who gets stranded in space and must unite with a diverse team of aliens to form a squad capable of defeating cosmic threats – will introduce fans to a new side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It boasts an all-star cast including Chris Pratt (Zero Dark Thirty, Moneyball) as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness, Avatar) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace (The Hobbit, Lincoln) as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker (AMC’s The Walking Dead) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (BBC TV’s Doctor Who) as Nebula, two-time Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou (Amistad, Gladiator) as Korath, with Academy Award® winner Benicio del Toro (Traffic) as The Collector, Academy Award® nominee John C. Reilly (Chicago) as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs, Fatal Attraction) as Nova Prime.
Guardians of the Galaxy is being directed by James Gunn and is based on a screenplay by Gunn with a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn.
The movie is currently filming at Shepperton Studios in the United Kingdom and will also shoot at Longcross Studios and other areas around London.
Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled for theatrical release on August 1, 2014. Marvel Studios has more two upcoming releases – Thor: The Dark World arrives in theaters November 8, 2013, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4, 2014.