Guardian’s James Gunn: “Karen was the person I fought hardest for!”

James Gunn, writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy, has spoken about the upcoming Marvel movie, and how Karen Gillan immediately impressed him as villain, Nebula.

In fact, he says she gave the best reading of the whole cast!

Gunn is obviously a Doctor Who fan:

“When Doctor Who people auditioned for the movie I would be sure to watch those auditions right away, and I saw Karen’s name come up, and I watched it and kind of flipped out, frankly. I liked her on that show, but she is a really amazing actress. I’ve got to say – Chris [Pratt, playing Star Lord]’s reading and Dave [Bautista, aka Drax the Destroyer]’s reading were amazing in terms of those characters meeting those personalities, but in terms of the very, very best reading of anybody throughout this entire process, it was Karen reading for Nebula.”

He’s right, of course: Karen’s a brilliant actress. Just look at her in The Girl Who Waited, in which she and co-star, Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) broke the hearts of all viewers, or in the following episode, The God Complex, in which she loses faith in her Raggedy Man.

Gunn further told Digital Spy:

“Nebula is very creepy and yet a villain that we feel for. She has got a conscience, unlike [main antagonist] Ronan who doesn’t really seem to have a conscience… Karen was the person I fought the hardest for.”

Guardians of the Galaxy is released on 31st July in the UK and the following day in the US. Man, I am looking forward to this movie!



When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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