Marvel Studios’ search for a fresh new face to lead the upcoming cosmic superhero franchise Guardians of the Galaxy has finally ended. A long list of some of the most sought after young actors have screen tested for the role. A list that includes Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jack Huston (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire), Lee Pace (Lincoln), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables), and others has vied for the role. Even more recently rumors that Zachary Levi (Fandral in Thor: The Dark World) was a candidate and Joseph Gordon-Levitt had been pursued for the role. It seems that the search is finally over for as Chris Pratt has been casted as Peter Quill/Star-Lord.
Some of you who watch the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation will know him best as the lovable Andy Dwyer on the show. His filmography also includes Moneyball and recently the Oscar®-nominated Zero Dark Thirty. I personally think this is a great – albeit a surprising – casting choice by Gunn, Feige, and Marvel. Star-Lord needs that great mix of humor and leadership – Iron Man meets Captain America, and Chris Pratt certainly can convey that. He already has shown me that he can do drama, comedy, and action and he’s incredibly charming on screen. You cannot deny the hardwork he also puts into his roles. For the part of Scott Hatteberg in Moneyball, Chris Pratt slimmed down from his chubby self on Parks and Recreation. If that wasn’t enough, Pratt has also bulked up big time for his role in Zero Dark Thirty.
We’ll have more casting news as they come around.
Iron Man 3 flies into theaters May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, and The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015.