UPDATE: Josh Brolin Set To Play Thanos in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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true-grit-josh-brolin_628One of the most anticipated films for comic nerds this summer, and one of the biggest gambles for Marvel Studios to date is James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The film will be the first cosmic-centered film and will certainly be a much different film than we’ve seen from the studio so far, even as comic book movies goes. Needless to say, it will be something to behold, especially if the trailers we’ve seen give us any sort of clue. One piece of the film that has yet to be announced, however, is who will be playing Thanos, the big pink baddie that was teased several years ago at the end of Avengers. We know that the character will be connecting piece to the rest of the Marvel Universe, but little else is known.

This afternoon, however, it has been revealed by Latino Review, and confirmed by Variety, that acclaimed actor Josh Brolin will be playing the villain in Guardians of the Galaxy. The site says that Brolin will be voicing the character for the film. Keep in mind that the article says that Brolin has signed up for Guardians, but it can expected that he will carry over into the Avengers properties as well. Marvel wouldn’t let an opportunity to add a name and clout of Brolin slip by. We’ll be sure to update you as more information becomes available.

Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Glenn Close and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. The film is scheduled to fly into theaters August 1st.

Update: Deadline (and several other trades) are reporting that not only is Brolin the voice of Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy, he has actually completed his voice over work already since he was cast months ago. The trades go on to mention that Brolin will have a small role in Guardians which will be expanded on in Avengers: Age of Ultron. That’s surprising considering we thought Thanos would be the big bad for Avengers 3. Whether Thanos and Ultron team up or Thanos is just set up in a much larger way for the third outing toward the end of Age of Ultron remains to be seen.

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