Her time with “Doctor Who” might be over, but Karen Gillan is not straying too far from science-fiction.
The red-headed bombshell is set to join the upcoming film “Guardians of the Galaxy” as the main … bad guy?
That’s right. Gillan, who was Amy Pond for three seasons alongside Matt Smith in “Doctor Who,” is going from good girl to very bad girl in a character that has yet to be revealed from the Marvel project.
“Guardians” is based on the comic book series from Dan Abnett, Gene Colan, Arnold Drake, Andy Lanning and Steve Englehart. It is based on a comic series that first debuted in 1969, and was rebooted in the 21st century.
They are actually characters from 1,000 years in the future as part of an alternate timeline in the Marvel universe. They do, however, make it back to the 20th century, and end up fighting with the Avengers.
It’s not clear if any of the Avengers will make cameo appearances in the film, although Marvel does have a history of cross-pollinating its film projects.
The film has already cast Lee Pace, Michael Roker, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and David Bautista.
Since leaving “Doctor Who,” Gillan has been busy appearing in such projects as “Not Another Happy Ending” with Henry Ian Cusick of “Lost” fame as well as the horror film “Oculus” that also stars “Battlestar Galactica” alum Katee Sackhoff.
Gillan had various roles on different British television shows before landing her first role in “Doctor Who” in 2008 as a soothsayer while David Tennant and Catherine Tate were commanding the Tardis. She would be cast as Amy Pond some time later, making her debut almost two years to the week of her first appearance.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is set to open in August 2014, and is written by James Gunn, Chris McCoy and Nicole Perlman. It’s directed by Gunn, who also helmed 2006’s “Slither.”