Guardians of the Galaxy has a lead: Zero Dark Thirty’s Chris Pratt

The search is over. James Gunn’s upcoming Marvel motion picture Guardians of the Galaxy finally has a confirmed lead: Chris Pratt. Pratt beat out such contenders as The Hobbit/Lincoln’s Lee Pace, Les Misérables’ Eddie Redmayne, and Zachary Levi.

Pratt is known to American audiences as the actor who plays Andy Dwyer in the hilarious NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, and more recently Pratt has been making appearances on the silver screen, having appeared in movies such as Moneyball, The Five-Year Engagement, and the recent Zero Dark Thirty.

He is set to play Star-Lord, the leader of the titular Guardians of the Galaxy who is the offspring of a human mother and an alien father. The character forms the team of interstellar heroes in a bid to being proactive in defending the galaxy. Members of the team set to appear in the movie adaptation include Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Gamora, but none of them have been cast as of yet.

More recently Pratt bulked up in order to play his role as a Navy SEAL in Kathryn Bigalow’s Zero Dark Thirty, and he has a proven track record being effective as both a comedic and dramatic actor, so he is certainly right for the role and is adept to play it in whatever direction Gunn is taking the film. It was a surprise to see his name be confirmed for the lead, especially as it was the first time it was ever connected to the role, having heard many other possible candidates.

Guardians of the Galaxy is starting to roll across the starting line, and with Pratt being attached to the project there is only a matter of time until it starts to pick up speed. Another superhero team-up movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a welcome addition, and it will be interesting to see how and to what extent it will line-up with The Avengers and other related movies.  

Guardians of the Galaxy is set for an August 1st 2014 release date. Chris Pratt will star as Star-Lord, while James Gunn will write and direct the screenplay. Filming starts in the UK mid-2013, and the film will of course be available in 3D.

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