Marvel Begins Looking at Actors for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Posted by G-Man (34330 posts) - - Show Bio

Guardians of the Galaxy. You have to admit, it's very ambitious for Marvel/Disney to go forward with this movie. It might just be me, but it could be a harder sell for the non-comic book reading moviegoers. This is going to be a movie most likely not featuring any characters that are household names. The average person will not know who these guys are. They'll know it's part of the same movie universe as The Avengers but will that be enough of a sell? The fact that it's sci-fi puts it in another film genre.

The key will be the casting. Today it was announced that Marvel has a short list of actors for the lead role of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord. According to Deadline, the actors on this list include Joel Edgerton (Dark Thirty), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (Lincoln and The Hobbit) and Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables).

It's not clear if these are the only ones being considered. Personally, I'd love to see Jim Sturgess in the role based off this list.

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#1 Posted by ultimatepunchrod (88 posts) - - Show Bio

Still not convinced this can work well as a live action movie, but I'm not writing it off yet.

#2 Edited by judasnixon (6586 posts) - - Show Bio

Yo! Marvel I'll give ya a dollar if you cast Jack Huston. Think about it...

#3 Posted by HollowPrince665 (97 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not sure how this will turn out...I'll hold my thought until I see a trailer with some footage.

#4 Posted by sweetesttoaster (144 posts) - - Show Bio

Nathan Fillion...that is all.

#5 Posted by mk111 (3140 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm far more interested in who will play Drax and Thanos, and who will voice the Raccoon.

#6 Posted by They Killed Cap! (2243 posts) - - Show Bio

I want this to be good...

#7 Posted by dreamfall31 (564 posts) - - Show Bio

As a Pushing Daisies fan, I'd have to say Lee Pace. Mostly just so he can be in stuff that is good and isn't Twilight!

#8 Posted by stu (379 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope its good ! i hope its good !!!!

#9 Posted by bunkerbuster05 (306 posts) - - Show Bio

Holy shit, Lee Pace would be PEFECT. He's so talented, and badass enough to be the action guy. He was amazing in The Fall.

#10 Posted by sunhawk (550 posts) - - Show Bio

Nah needs Nathan Fillion for the Star Lord

#11 Posted by Nova`Prime` (4165 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't understand how Guardians of the Galaxy is a "hard" sell for non-comic book fans. Its a freaking sci-fi movie, those generally do very well in theaters. Unless that is you are Battlefield Earth and Jon Travolta is the bad guy.

#12 Posted by Supes1903 (137 posts) - - Show Bio

@sweetesttoaster said:

Nathan Fillion...that is all.

#13 Posted by Danial79 (2351 posts) - - Show Bio

Of those, I'd agree that Jim Sturgess is the best fit.

#14 Posted by GreenFuse (295 posts) - - Show Bio

They should use a real raccoon for Rocket.

#15 Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy (7853 posts) - - Show Bio

I just don't see why they are making this movie, but hell, go for it, guys.

#16 Posted by Decept-O (7278 posts) - - Show Bio

Not hating by any means but I am surprised this property has been green-lit to be a movie. Guessing it will have a tie-in with Thanos and The Avengers, but that is just an assumption. Great characters but I agree with some posts, just a bit at odds if this will do well or if anyone will care. Unless some other big name characters make cameos? Hmm......

I think in this instance, casting really doesn't matter a lot.

#17 Posted by GBrutality (192 posts) - - Show Bio

not a lot of choices i would have guessed. Huston could be good. Edgerton would be alright. I think out of the whole bunch though that Pace would be the best choice.

#18 Posted by Vincie_Pooh (109 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope we see Howard the Duck :)

#19 Posted by kid Apollo (714 posts) - - Show Bio

Jason Statham for Rocket Raccoon!!

#20 Posted by Namor1987 (1889 posts) - - Show Bio

@kid Apollo said:

Jason Statham for Rocket Raccoon!!

That'd be epic. He does kinda sound like Rocket already. LOL

I want Mark Wahlberg for Star-Lord. LOL Annihilus should be the main villain.

#21 Posted by BobFromAccounting (20 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not watching this unless Gunn is taken off the project. He's homophobic, misogynistic, slut-shaming scum.

#22 Posted by roscuro (2 posts) - - Show Bio

@kid Apollo: spot on! he'll be perfect as rocket raccoon voice!

#23 Posted by HempKnight757 (128 posts) - - Show Bio

@dreamfall31: Great underrated show. Didn't know he was in Twilight.

#24 Posted by eleplant (6 posts) - - Show Bio

It's probably not too hard to market if they are featuring the Avengers in the movie. After all, Thanos is supposed to face off against the Avengers, and the only way they can turn that into a movie with a happy ending (Let's face it. They're going for a happy ending.) without the cowardly anime-style ending (The resurrection of EVERYONE) is to use Drax to take down Thanos. Wham.

#25 Posted by rudorudo (54 posts) - - Show Bio

Jack Huston is really really really good in Boardwalk Empire - personally think this could be his big break. Of course Jim Sturgess is a fantastic actor as well.

#26 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (7819 posts) - - Show Bio

Joel Edgerton would be great

#27 Posted by bsavelli (57 posts) - - Show Bio

I think that the fact that it is more of a sci-fi film than a regular superhero one might actually help Guardians of the Galaxy to have a good reception, and that it might even attract people that wouldn't usually watch a superhero film for being "too childish" or some stupid thing like that. I'm pretty sure most Star Wars fans that are not great fans of superheros (like my father) would be intrigued and would watch it. Anyway, that's only my opinion.

#28 Posted by MatKrenz (1234 posts) - - Show Bio

@BobFromAccounting: Seriously ?

#29 Edited by BobFromAccounting (20 posts) - - Show Bio

@MatKrenz: http://www.themarysue.com/james-gunnsuperhero-sex-post/

I'm not too familiar with Guardians of the Galaxy, but aren't there lesbian characters in it? I really don't want to see this guy writing lesbians.

Or any characters, for that matter.

#30 Posted by The Mast (788 posts) - - Show Bio

Considering James Gunn is directing it, I won't be seeing it either way.

I refuse to give money toward such a disgusting, homophobic, sexist individual.

#31 Posted by SupremeHyperion (1527 posts) - - Show Bio

I think this film will be fine as far as marketing. not only will you get comic fans but it will also fit the nitche for all those sci-fi fans. This is one of those liscenses that I think can go beyond just comic fans. and I think people will like it.

#32 Edited by sesquipedalophobe (4733 posts) - - Show Bio

I could see Lee Pace as Starlord, actually. He was excellent in the Fall.

#33 Posted by Illuminatus (9509 posts) - - Show Bio

@BobFromAccounting said:

@MatKrenz: http://www.themarysue.com/james-gunnsuperhero-sex-post/

I'm not too familiar with Guardians of the Galaxy, but aren't there lesbian characters in it? I really don't want to see this guy writing lesbians.

Or any characters, for that matter.

There have been before, but they're not appearing in this film.

Don't see it if you don't want to. Good grief.

#34 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33469 posts) - - Show Bio

Star Wars, the Matrix, Inception and many more have zero characters that were household names before there release yet they all still killed it.

#35 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33469 posts) - - Show Bio

@Namor1987 said:

@kid Apollo said:

Jason Statham for Rocket Raccoon!!

That'd be epic. He does kinda sound like Rocket already. LOL

I want Mark Wahlberg for Star-Lord. LOL Annihilus should be the main villain.

Bob Hoskins is the only choice for the raccoon

#36 Posted by Spideycap (212 posts) - - Show Bio
#37 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Not one A-lister so far, and it seems that's good. I do want this movie to be successful and not run into budget issues.

#38 Posted by BritishMonkey (324 posts) - - Show Bio

@sweetesttoaster: Won't ever happen, I'm afraid. He's said himself he's not interested in anything like that at all. Plus he's too busy with other things at the moment anyway.

#39 Posted by Trodorne (2590 posts) - - Show Bio

I CALL DIBS ON VOICING ROCKET RACCOON!!!!

#40 Posted by fodigg (6146 posts) - - Show Bio

I didn't recognize any of the eight names that were thrown out as in the running. Honestly, I just hope they still have Star-Lord's helmet. The helmet makes the character for me, recent invention or not.

I mean, it's not like the face plate doesn't flip up so we can see the actor's face. Also, I wish they included Mantis on the roster.

Maybe in the inevitable sequel. Oh, and Cosmo too.

#41 Posted by mattwing87 (433 posts) - - Show Bio

Vin Diesel for Drax please!!!

#42 Posted by mattwing87 (433 posts) - - Show Bio

@BobFromAccounting said:

I'm not watching this unless Gunn is taken off the project. He's homophobic, misogynistic, slut-shaming scum.

Um ok! I doubt we will see those topics in this movie!

#43 Posted by Mr_Faraday (24 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope Red Skull shows up.

#44 Posted by wildcardcomics (44 posts) - - Show Bio

Is James Gunn still directing after that whole controversy? -->http://www.themarysue.com/james-gunnsuperhero-sex-post/

#45 Posted by GR2Blackout (2564 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool.

#46 Posted by COBRAMORPH (1560 posts) - - Show Bio

As long as they say its made by Marvel Comics, most should see it after all, every Avengers film so far has been good.

Its the same as thinking that any of the next movies will be good soley because of the past ones.

TBH the only movie that would be hard to see is a Black Widow movie.

#47 Posted by jmills (19 posts) - - Show Bio

Moondragon and Phyla-Vell aren't in this film, he won't be dealing with any gay characters for this film.

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