Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan to play lead villain in Guardians of the Galaxy

The upcoming Marvel flick will also star Glenn Close, John C Reilly and Star Trek into Darkness's Zoe Saldana


All the Doctor Who talk over the weekend has been of Matt Smith’s imminent departure for Hollywood, but another former TARDIS alumnus is busy carving out a promising movie career of her own. Karen Gillan – who played the Doctor’s companion Amy Pond for three series – has been cast in Marvel’s new superhero flick Guardians of the Galaxy. 


The 25-year-old actress, who departed from the popular sci-fi show last September along with co-star and on-screen husband Arthur Darvill, is to star opposite Glenn Close, Zoe Saldana and John C. Reilly, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While details of her character are still thin on the ground, it has been revealed that she will play the film’s lead female villain when shooting begins in late June over in the UK. 


Guardians of the Galaxy, written and directed by James Gunn, is based on the eponymous Marvel Comics team of superheros and follows the story of an American pilot who goes on the run with a group of futuristic ex-cons after they acquire a mysterious coveted object. It will be Gillan’s fourth feature film since departing Doctor Who following her roles in upcoming projects Oculus, Not Another Happy Ending and The List.