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'Smallville's' Lex Luthor Up For Star-Lord Role In 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Movie

Could the actor who played Lex on the popular CW series be in the running to play the part of

You might recall an article we posted yesterday about actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt being in the running to play Peter Quill aka Star-Lord. Well, it seems Gordon-Levitt isn't the only actor in the running for the coveted role in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Apparently, actor Michael Rosenbaum who is best known for his portrayal of Lex Luthor on the CW Smallville series is as well. The actor recently took to Twitter to reveal that he read for the role of Peter Quill for his friend James Gunn, director of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

So the question remains, is Rosenbaum really in the running to play the part of Star-Lord, or is this just his way of joking around? Either way it would be interesting to see. If the actor wants the part he'll be in the running with plenty of other young, prominent actors in the business, including (supposedly) Gordon-Levitt.

So what do you think? Do you think that Rosenbaum would make a good Star-Lord? If not him then who do you think should play this half human/alien/cyborg hybrid leader and member of the Guardians of the Galaxy?

Source: Twitter

Posted by Aiden Cross

I could see it :)

Posted by StMichalofWilson

He would be awesome. I mean he's done Lex Luthor well.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

This is the worst choice I have heard so far

Posted by evilvegeta74

He will always be Lex! Oh and the voice of the Flash!

Posted by darkrider

tom welling and michael rosenbaum deserve big roles after smallville

Posted by sethysquare

NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want michael to be lex luthor for the MOS 2 movie

Posted by Trevel8182

Love It!

Posted by SandMan_
@sethysquare said:

NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want michael to be lex luthor for the MOS 2 movie

That's not going to happen dude. You know that.
I saw this already. hopefully he'll get it.
Posted by Mycroftian

Is anyone -not- up for this role?

Posted by The Stegman

He was the best live action Lex Luthor I've ever seen, if he's in the film, I might actually go watch the movie, otherwise, I'm still not interested.

Posted by Overlander

I'm torn. I think JGL would turn in a better performance, but I think Rosenbaum has the ability to fit well into a team. Based on his recurring role in Smallville, he's showed enough small-screen gravitas to jump into a big-screen production.

Posted by GothamRed

Honestly I think he'd fit better than JGL, it's in the voice. It's not a perfect fit but I think it is better than Gordon-Levitt's voice for the character.


I think he could pull it off. Levitt also. However, from a business stand point alone you would give it to Levitt

Posted by Cafeterialoca

It's funny how there's so much fuss over that one role. We haven't heard a peep out of Gamora or Drax casting. :P

Posted by kennybaese

I do love me some Michael Rosenbaum... Personally, I don't have a ton of affinity for the Guardians of the Galaxy, so I can't really speak to whether or not he's a good fit for the character, but I quite like Michael Rosenbaum and Joe Gordon-Levitt. That said, I think that Rosenbaum would probably be able to pull off a leader of a group of intergalactic freedom fighters a little more capably than Jiggle could.

Posted by Bestostero

i like Michael Rosenbaum! he's does amazing voice acting as well as acting acting, I could definitely see him in this role

Posted by SuperDoahBoy

Michael Rosenbaum would make a better Flash, he has the right body for that type of costume plus the voice work he did as the Flash for the Justice League animated shows means he already has a good grasp of The Flash's personality and mannerisms.

Posted by LordRequiem

What does Peter Quill actually look like? Because the first part of casting should be identifying those that bare a resemblance (which they hardly ever do nowadays) instead of accepting the flavour of the month.

Posted by TDK_1997

I don't think he will fit the role but he is a good actor.

Posted by AlKusanagi

He's already shown he's handy with a gun on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He's also a bit more physically imposing than JGL.

Posted by HollowPrince665

I want Jim Sturgess or Joseph Gordon-Levitt to get it. My preference though

Posted by BritishMonkey

Nahhhhh. Lee Pace.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I love Michael Rosenbaum. I was hoping he would become the Flash for Justice League, but I would like to see him in Guardians of the Galaxy also

Posted by dreamfall31

If this movie is going to be seen by non-comic fans then it's gotta have someone a bit more famous for the lead. Though in all honesty I'd love for Lee Pace to get his face on a movie poster, that isn't Twilight!

Posted by The_Tree

I hope it's him, Edgerton, or Gordon-Levitt.

Posted by Mercy_

Who isn't up for the role at this point.

I'm not familiar enough with the character to say who is a good fit for him or not, but Michael Rosenbaum and JGL are both excellent actors, as are most/all of the names being bandied about in association with this role.

Posted by Red Rum

Screw Star-Lord, who's gonna play Rocket Raccoon?!

Posted by SoA

i think he is a good fit , he gets my vote!

Posted by Gambit1024

Funny, cause yesterday I read for the part as well. James Gunn is such a bro.

Posted by The Average Bear

Can't get his Flash voice out of my head but it would be cool to see him as Star-Lord

Posted by BR_Havoc

I think he would be a good fit, I am surprised to hear so much about Edgerton I heard he was a front runner for Doctor Strange a few months ago?

Posted by alex6166

Don't they have a picture of him with his hair? He has hair.

Posted by sentryman555

Like some others I don't know enough about Star-Lord's character to say whether or not he's a good fit but he definitely has the acting skills from what I've seen during his more serious moments in Smallville. Still it feels like a long shot that he would get the part.

Posted by sentryman555

@alex6166 said:

Don't they have a picture of him with his hair? He has hair.

I had that same reaction too. No one is ever gonna get past him being Lex if they never show a non-smallville pic of him.

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Posted by Ironhawk22

@sethysquare said:

NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want michael to be lex luthor for the MOS 2 movie

He was great in Smallville and it'd be awesome if he was in MOS 2 I agree on that. However knowing that they'd never do that(sadly), I hope he gets the role. With rumors of JGL and now MR supposed to be in this movie, I'm definitely excited for this movie.

Posted by yeahbowen

JGL seems like he could embody the character of Star Lord pretty well. Rosenbaum was fantastic in smallville as Lex but Quill isn't a Luthor type persona. Really looking forward to this movie either way, just hope it comes out before justice league or people will think Thanos is a copy of Darkseid... which he kinda was to start with. ;)

Posted by bunkerbuster05

@BritishMonkey said:

Nahhhhh. Lee Pace.

Best answer.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

This is an even more worse suggestion than JGL :-/

Posted by Miss_Garrick

I don't see him as Star Lord, or since Star Lord wears that helmet/mask and I'm only familiar with Rosenbaum's voice work, I should write that I don't hear him as Star Lord. It doesn't work for me.

Posted by ForeverMan

Interesting, a lot of voice work on his IMDB. I didn't know he was Wally West in Justice League and Static Shock...

Posted by KRYPTON

Starlord from Earth's Mightiest Heroe's was voiced by Steve Downes who voiced Master Chief in the Halo Franchise. The movie producers can pull a Star Wars Ep. 4-6 (much like what they did with Darth Vader), and have Rosenbaum as the actual person while Downes voiced the character. However, I don't see this happening.

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Posted by SupremeHyperion

The best star-lord would no doubt be Nathan Fillion.....

Boom goes the dynomite

Posted by Teerack

Eww Starlord should be someone really hansom :(

Posted by Doctor!!!!!

Somebody SAAAAAAAAAAAAAVVVVVVVE MEEEEEEEE! Best Lex Luthor ever! and best Wally West ever as well.

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Posted by nappystr8

I really hope Rosenbaum gets the role. I have never seen him in anything where he was bad. He has a lot of charisma, and I've been really sad to not see his career take off like it seemed it would. He'd be cheap to cast, more than capable, and this could be the thing to jolt his career back to life. Win win for everyone.

And I love JGL, but he is way too overexposed right now to be helming a Marvel movie. Besides, he doesn't really fit the part. I'd much rather see him go on to play Batman than Starlord.

Posted by megame23

I think Rosenbaum was the best Lex Luthor ever, I'd love to see him in more stuff.

Posted by JoseDRiveraTCR7

Hopefully he gets it. He's awesome.