Over the weekend, The Cosmic Circus posted the rumor that British actor Will Poulter was in the mix to play Adam Warlock in James Gunn’s Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3 and it seems that was on point.
Today, Deadline is supporting the rumor by reporting that Poulter has signed-on to play Adam Warlock.
There is a shot that he could also be playing the villainous incarnation, Magus too.
Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2 ended with a tease that Ayesha, Golden High Priestess of The Sovereign, is going to bring Adam Warlock into the sequel as his cocoon was shown. Gunn has since denied that Adam Warlock will be in the film among other rumors connected to the film including the casting of Star Wars actor Mark Hamill.
Back in 2017, Gunn told IGN that Adam Warlock would be part of the cosmic universe post-Infinity War/Endgame, while also dodging a confirmation of Warlock’s involvement in the third installment. We do know that Ayesha is coming back though.
Will Poulter’s credits include the fantastic Ari Aster horror pic Midsommar (led by Black Widow actress Florence Pugh), Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, The Revenant, and Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit. He had been originally attached as a key cast member on the Lord of The Rings series at Amazon, only to bail months before production started in Auckland, New Zealand and was replaced with Game of Thrones’ Robert Aramayo.
James Gunn confirmed the news on Twitter.
The Hollywood Reporter briefly adds that British actors Rege-Jean Page (Bridgerton, The Gray Man, Dungeons & Dragons, The Saint), and George MacKay (1917) were part of a shortlist of actors considered for Adam Warlock.
Filming will begin this November in Atlanta and the United Kingdom.
The returning cast will be Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Dave Bautista as Drax, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, and Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot.
It’s crew is expected to include production designer Beth Mickle (The Suicide Squad, Drive), cinematographer Tico Poulakakis (Foundation), the visual effects supervisor will be Stephane Ceretti (Eternals, Guardians of The Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man & The Wasp), and will have Hawkeye stunt coordinator Heidi Moneymaker crafting the film’s action sequences.
Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3 has a release date of May 5, 2023
SOURCE: THE COSMIC CIRCUS & DEADLINE