Rainn Wilson Talks About Working With James Gunn

rainn-wilson-james-gunnEveryone knows Rainn Wilson as the lovable but eccentric Dwight Schrute from The Office. But in 2010, Wilson suited up with James Gunn in the director’s first foray into superhero filmmaking, Super.

Now with Wilson embarking on his own intergalactic journey in Star Trek: Discovery, he discussed working with fellow interstellar visionary James Gunn in an interview with ComicBook.com:

“James is amazing. I knew James as he was married to Jenna Fischer from The Office. I knew him to be a very smart and historical writer. I knew him to be a really good director.”

But Wilson says he was blown away when he saw Guardians of the Galaxy. Coming off the relatively low-budget Super, this was something Wilson did not expect out of Gunn:

“When I saw Guardians, I was like, “Holy F***. I had no idea James could do that.”

“It’s one thing to do a little three million dollar indie film and shoot it in four or five weeks, but if you’re doing 150 million dollar film with special effects and a whole new universe, prosthetic makeup and talking raccoons and there’s also heartfelt scenes. It has an emotional story, it’s like, “Wow. That’s a whole other planet.” I didn’t know he was capable to be quite honest.”

Wilson had only kind words for the Marvel director, who deserves all the success he has worked for:

“He’s proven himself. He’s incredible. He’s one of the very best and a super nice guy. A salt to the earth guy and deserves every ounce of his success.”

You can catch Rainn Wilson as Henry Mudd in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery. The series also stars Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca of the USS Discovery, James Frain as Spock’s father, Sarek, Doug Jones as a Starfleet Science Officer and a member of a new alien species, Saru, Anthony Rapp the astrobiologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer, Stamets, Rekha Sharma as Commander Landry, security officer of the Starship Discovery, Terry Serpico as Anderson, Maulik Pancholy as Nambue, Chris Obi as T’Kuvma, Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Tyler, Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, Mary Wiseman as Tilly, Clare McConnell as Dennas, Damon Runyan as Ujilli, Kenneth Mitchell as Kol as well as Clare McConnell and Damon Runyan as Dennas and Ujilli, leaders in the Klingon Empire. Here’s the official synopsis:

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sunday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m ET/PT on CBS with the following fourteen episodes coming exclusively on the CBS All Access streaming service weekly. The season is set to be released in two halves with the first eight episodes running through November 5, followed by the second half picking up in January 2018.

Source: ComicBook.com

5 Reasons ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Is Better Than The Original

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2When Guardians of the Galaxy hit cinemas in 2014 it surprised everyone. Offering a unique blend of whiz-bang intergalactic excitement, a groovy out-of-this-world soundtrack, a smörgåsbord of oddball characters, and wacky rib-clutching comedy, Guardians had it all. It was definitely the Marvel movie to beat… until Vol. 2 came out.

Offering the same blend of winning ingredients, but amping up the story, the characters, and the emotional resonance, Guardians Vol. 2 accomplishes the rare sequel feat of being even better than the original. A lot of people will disagree with me, but I believe the first film, while excellent, had certain storytelling flaws, which the sequel was able to remarkably overcome. The result is a brand-spanking new adventure for Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot, that improves upon the original in several ways.

Here are the five reasons why Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is better than the original. Click next to blast off! Please note that SPOILERS for  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will follow!

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