Following his 'GotG' cameo, five roles we'd like to see Nathan Fillion play

Nathan Fillion (WENN.COM file photo)

Nathan Fillion (WENN.COM file photo)

Steve Tilley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:43 PM ET

Geek god joins Guardians, and the Internet’s head explodes.

Fans of all things fun and nerdy are a-flutter with the news that Edmonton-born actor Nathan Fillion has a small role in the upcoming Marvel space opera Guardians of the Galaxy, hitting theatres Aug. 1.

The Castle star has impeccable nerd cred, thanks to roles in Joss Whedon’s Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, as well as the Halo video games, animated superhero movies and much more.

Speculation is raging about who Fillion might play, from the starfaring Silver Age hero Adam Warlock to some random bar patron wearing a distinctive brown coat. But whoever he ends up portraying, the mere thought of Fillion being part of the Marvel cinematic universe gives us some serious nerd wood.

Now that we’re all wound up, here are five other geek-friendly roles we’d love to see Fillion tackle. Most of which have roughly zero chance of happening, but we can dream.

Hal Jordan in Justice League

With all due respect to his fellow Canadian wisecracker Ryan Reynolds, Fillion should have been Green Lantern all along. How great would it be to see him play the sarcastic space cop in 2017’s Justice League flick?

Anybody in Star Wars: Episode VII

A bounty hunter? A rebel pilot? Han Solo’s nephew? We’d be happy to see Fillion pop up in J. J. Abram’s next-gen Star Wars as just about anyone.

The Greatest American Hero

Younglings might not remember this ABC comedy-drama from the early ’80s, but Fillion has said it’s time for a reboot of The Greatest American Hero, and he’d love to be the one to slip into the red super-suit. Sounds like a great fit.

Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie

A film adaptation of the massively popular Uncharted video games is moving ahead, and fans have always said Fillion would make a great Drake – hell, they’re both named Nathan. While the 43-year-old Fillion might be a bit old to play the 30-ish Drake, we’re sure he could pull it off.

Capt. Mal Reynolds in Serenity 2: You Can’t Take the Sky From Me

Although Joss Whedon told us he’d love to revisit Firefly once The Avengers: Age of Ultron is done, the chances of getting the band together again, a decade after the big-screen continuation in Serenity, seem slim. But our hope, like the good ship Serenity herself, is still flying.

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