James Gunn casts Guardians of the Galaxy star as major DC villain

Guardians of the Galaxy star Sean Gunn has been cast as a major DC villain.

The actor, who played Kraglin Obfonteri in the Marvel universe, is set to become evil businessman Maxwell Lord in the new DC Universe that's being overseen by his brother James Gunn and Peter Safran.

It's currently unclear whether Gunn will be making a cameo appearance in the upcoming Superman: Legacy movie which begins production next year – marking the start of the new superhero extended universe. Though according to Deadline, his character will be referenced as part of the film's background, before making his official debut in later DC projects.

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Maxwell Lord was first seen in Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire's 1987 comic series, Justice League Vol 1. He was most recently featured in the 2020 blockbuster Wonder Woman 1984 – notably played by The Last of Us star Pedro Pascal.

During the Invasion crossover, Lord was given superpowers when a Gene Bomb exploded. The unexpected detonation makes him a metahuman, granting the wealthy businessman the ability to telepathically influence the minds of others.

Casting announcements for James Gunn's anticipated Superman: Legacy movie have been rife, ahead of the film's release on July 11, 2025.

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David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan are signed on to play Superman and Lois Lane, as well as The Righteous Gemstones star Skyler Gisondo as the Daily Planet's photographer Jimmy Olsen, Crisis' Sara Sampaio as villain Eve Teschmacher and X-Men star Nicholas Hoult as Eve's boss Lex Luthor.

The star-studded cast also features The Suicide Squad's Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern Corps member Guy Gardner, Twilight star Edi Gathegi as Mr Terrific, Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl and María Gabriela de Faría as The Engineer from the upcoming DC movie The Authority.

Superman: Legacy premieres in cinemas on July 11, 2025.

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