November 28, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Marvel’s busy upcoming slate can only mean one thing: More young actors chomping at the bit to join the lucrative and prolific family. “Guardians of the Galaxy” was announced earlier this summer at Comic-Con, and after setting James Gunn to direct the film loosely tied to the ending of “The Avengers”, casting is now underway. Deadline reports five up and coming leading men have signed test deals for the chance to play the leader of the Guardians, a character named Peter Quill, while still others may be in contention as well.
The actors who have test deals are “Zero Dark Thirty” star Joel Edgerton, “Les Miserables” star Eddie Redmayne, “Cloud Atlas” actor Jim Sturgess and Jack Huston and Lee Pace, both of whom recently appeared in different installments of “The Twilight Saga.” Deadline also reports others who the studio is interested in or have shown interest in the part include the ever-present Garrett Hedlund, “X-Men”‘s Cyclops James Marsden and Edgerton’s fellow Aussie and “Animal Kingdom” co-star Sullivan Stapleton.
Redmayne, known for more serious acting work, seems keen to get a slice of the superhero franchise pie, as he’s also on the shortlist for the role of Harry Osborn opposite Andrew Garfield in “The Amazing Spider-Man” sequel. Edgerton seems made to be a superhero on film, but thus far has not committed to one. We think he’d be great here as Quill, aka Star-Lord, the half-human, half-alien leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, which also includes the characters Adam Warlock, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Phyla-Vell, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot. In keeping with the intergalactic nature of this team, presumably not every member will be played by a human actor and much motion-capture and CGI will be involved in this adaptation.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is already set for an August 1, 2014 release, so filming should begin by early next year.