With less than two weeks since Marvel began to castGuardians of The Galaxy‘s Star-Lord, the buzz around the A-listers still hasn’t settled as there is no word just who might be the frontrunner to receive the important part. As the leader of the titular team, Marvel will likely be basing their casting around whoever is cast while fans have had their own two cents in who they want to see on the big screen next. Now, one of the contenders has spoken out as he confirms not only his involvement for the project but how excited he is to hopefully take on the multi-film character.
Over the weekend, MTV spoke with Lee Pace at the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, where the actor confirmed he would be auditioning for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Pace is said to have auditioned for the role yesterday, while it’s likely we won’t know exactly whom nabbed the role for a little while longer. The actor is saif to be going up against Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe) and Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) for the role, with production not set to go underway until sometime next year. Marvel Studios is also said to be interested in Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden (Cyclops in X-Men) and Sullivan Stapleton, but have yet to be contacted to possibly test.
Guardians of the Galaxy will be directed by James Gunn, who is also performing rewrites on the script from Chris McCoy. The team will feature Drax the Destroyer, a human resurrected as a green warrior with the sole purpose of killing Thanos; Groot, a giant tree-man; Star-Lord, a gun-toting half-human/half-alien intergalactic vigilante; Rocket Raccoon, a genetically engineered animal with a knack for guns and explosives; and Gamora, the last survivor of her species who was saved by Thanos to be his assassin but now battles him. Thanos, teased at the end of The Avengers, is set to be the central villain before reprising that same role in The Avengers 2.
Guardians of the Galaxy is set to hit theaters on August 1st, 2014.
via Durance Magazine.