Designer who made Vader mask + Alien space jockey working on Guardians

For what will easily be their riskiest comic movie yet, Marvel has brought in the big guns to help define the look of the space-set Guardians of the Galaxy.

Movie prop guru Brian Muir, who carved everything from Darth Vader’s mask in Star Wars to the iconic space jockey in Alien, has been hired to do prop sculpting and design work for Guardians of the Galaxy.

Bleeding Cool broke the story, though we don’t know exactly what aspects of the design he’ll be working on. Best guess? Star Lord’s (Chris Pratt) mask, which will be one of the defining looks of the film.

Muir is one of the best in the business, and also did design work on the 2001 version of Planet of the Apes, several Harry Potter movies, Snow White and the Huntsman and the Dark Shadows reboot. Digging into his background, he also worked on Excalibur, Clash of the Titans (1981) and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Not a bad resume, and it shows Marvel is taking the task of making Guardians work very, very seriously. So once this flick finally opens in a few years, keep an eye out for some Vader-esque design cues.

(Via Bleeding Cool)