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For a long time, we've been talking about Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' At first its very existence seemed a far-fetched rumor; was the studio really sinking money into adapting so obscure a property? Once it was fully established, with a release date and James Gunn positioned in the director's chair, the rumors predictably shifted to casting. It seemed everyone and their brother either wanted to play Guardians' leader Star-Lord or were being eyed by Disney/Marvel. Names like Zachary Levi, Joel Edgerton, Michael Rosenbaum, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt began to crop up in the conversation as to who would play the rough-and-tumble male lead. All of these rumors would inevitably evaporate moments after their arrival, but today it appears the long, arduous search is over. Mike Fleming over at Deadline has announced that Chris Pratt ('Parks and Recreation') has landed the gig. Pratt has also appeared in Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' as well as Bennett Miller's 'Moneyball.' 'Guardians' is slated for an August 1st, 2014 release.
Wow, Chris Pratt? That's a left-field choice for a number of reasons. He was one of the few people who was not mentioned during the rumor phase, which just goes to show how rampantly unreliable the rumor phase can be. Also, he's an actor who is far more recognizable for television comedies than for cinematic sci-fi action adventures. Having only a limited grasp of the source material, I can't say for sure whether Pratt is ideal for Star-Lord, but I thought he was great in 'Moneyball' and he is brilliant on 'Parks and Rec.' This is actually a phenomenal opportunity for him to test out his leading man potential. Even though he will headline the a big-budget superhero film, this is still an ensemble hero team and he will therefore not be required to necessarily carry the movie. Given the fact that 'Guardians' will feature no small amount of humor, which also explains Gunn's hiring as director, Pratt landing the job is a bit easier to understand.
What do you guys think? Is Pratt the right choice for Star-Lord? If not, who would you have gone with?