British actor Will Poulter is set to play the role of Adam Warlock in James Gunn’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3, according to a Deadline report.
Gunn confirmed the news on Twitter on Tuesday, October 12, welcoming Poulter to the Guardians family.
“He’s an amazing actor and wonderful guy. See you in a couple weeks,” Gunn wrote, who is both directing and writing Vol. 3 alongside Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who is producing.
The third installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise will start production in November 2021, with its cinematic release slated for May 5, 2023.
The character of Adam Warlock was first teased during the post-credit scene of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, where Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) unveiled the “perfect Sovereign” she had made to destroy the Guardians. The previous Guardians cast of Chris Pratt (Peter Quill), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), and Vin Diesel (Groot) are set to return for Vol. 3.
Adam Warlock is considered one of the most powerful Marvel characters in the comics. He was first introduced in the late 1960s as the “perfect human” born from a regenerating cocoon built by a group of researchers called the “Enclave.” His powers include superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, agility, cellular regeneration, energy manipulation, and flight.
Poulter, 28, made his film debut in Son of Rambow (2007) and Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader (2010). He rose to fame after his roles in 2013 comedy We’re The Millers with Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, and Jason Sudeikis; 2014’s Maze Runner; and 2015’s The Revenant.
He also played a starring role in Black Mirror’s first interactive film Bandersnatch in 2018 and in 2019’s folk horror film Midsommar. He currently stars in Hulu’s Dopesick. – Rappler.com