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Gillan to join Guardians Of Galaxy

Karen Gillan is reportedly in talks to join Marvel blockbuster Guardians Of The Galaxy.

The former Doctor Who star, who played the Time Lord's companion Amy Pond on the BBC sci-fi series, is signing on to play the female villain in James Gunn's upcoming movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog.

A number of big stars have already been attached to the film, including Glenn Close, John C Reilly and Zoe Saldana.

Six-time Oscar nominee Glenn is tipped to play the leader of the space police force Nova Corps, with John as her subordinate agent Rhomman Dey. Chris Pratt, best known for his comedy work in Parks And Recreation, is leading the ensemble as half-alien, half-human Star-Lord.

Zoe and Dave Bautista have signed on to play a green-skinned alien assassin and a cosmic energy-blasting superhuman named Drax the Destroyer, while Michael Rooker is playing an alien named Yondu. Lee Pace will portray the movie's villain.

Shooting is set to begin in coming months in London, for a release in summer 2014.

Director James has teased that Guardians Of The Galaxy will blow all other superhero movies out of the water.

"We're assembling an amazing cast - I can't tell you how excited I am about it - and it's going to be an enormously huge movie. Imagine combining Star Wars and the Avengers and that's what Guardians is," he said.

Scottish star Karen - who featured alongside Matt Smith's incarnation of the Doctor - left the show in 2012, and portrayed model Jean Shrimpton in BBC Four film We'll Take Manhattan

The 25-year-old is set to appear on the big screen in indie Scottish rom-com Not Another Happy Ending and horror thriller Oculus.

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