Per The Wrap, actor Lee Pace (The Hobbit) is in final negotiations to play a villain role in next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel Studios. The James Gunn-directed film already stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord and Michael Rooker as Yondu with Zoe Saldana in also in talks to play Gamora.

Guardians of the Galaxy will be released on August 1, 2014.