It was previously reported that Reilly was going to play Rhomann Dey, a human S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, akin to an Agent Coulson for the movie.
Now, Deadline has it that Reilly is playing Rhomann Dey as well.
In the comic books, Rhomann Dey was responsible for giving Richard Rider his Nova powers.
Hopefully, James Gunn sticks with the comic book version.
Via Nova Prime Page:
While in the hospital, Rich's mind is linked with that of Rhomann Dey. Dey explains to Rich that he has been selected to inherit the rank of Centurion Nova Prime and tells him of the powers he now possesses. After receiving the final burst of Nova Force, Rich wakes up and lets loose a power blast from his eyes. As he and his doctor were the only ones in the room, Rich's family is unaware of their son's blast and are relieved that he seems to have recovered.
As he returns to school, Rich's friends, Bernie Dillon and Roger "Caps" Cooper, stick up for him against Mike Burley. While in class, Rich's mind keeps wandering back to the mind link he shared with Dey. It is revealed that Dey's starship is 3 times the size of Saturn. As Rider contemplates, his teacher picks him to answer a complicated math problem. As he stammers, Rich suddenly knows the solution and answers it correctly! Later at home, Rich Rider is sitting by his bed wondering about Rhomann Dey when suddenly, the NOVA FORCE explodes from within him!! As the explosion dims, Rich Rider is no longer an average teenager. He has become NOVA!
The Guardians of the Galaxy movie has an August 1, 2014 release directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt as Peter Quill Star-Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer and Zoe Saldana as Gamora.
Also rumored for the movie are Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, Ophelia Lovibond, Enzo Cilenti, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close and Benicio Del Toro.
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Guardians of the Galaxy, based on the Marvel comic books of the same name, features an unlikely cast of characters who must team up in order to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions.