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Remember back when Marvel first announced that they were planning on making a movie based on 'The Guardians of the Galaxy?' We laughed and laughed. How could they possibly generate interest in a property that obscure? Fast forward ahead a few months, and the race to see who will lead the 'Guardians' cast is sending the rumor mill into overdrive. Recently it was reported that Zachary Levi (TV's 'Chuck') had entered contention for the role of Star-Lord. This comes a month after Marvel announced that they had put together an entire list list of viable candidates on which Levi did not appear. However, director James Gunn has adamantly refuted rumors on via his Twitter. For NDA reasons, most of his specific debunking tweets have been deleted, but a screenshot caught this one...
Right out of the gate, let me say that I was one those duped by the original story, but it's painfully clear from Gunn's reaction that Levi won't be involved in 'Guardians.' Does that mean that I don't have to give up the ghost that Nathan Fillion will be playing Star-Lord? Yeah, I know, but I'm holding on to that glimmer dammit. I can understand why some of us were taken in by this story. Levi is not a left-field choice. I never regularly watched 'Chuck,' but not because I harbored any dislike for it. In the few episodes I saw, I was always impressed with Levi. Plus, from everything I've heard, 'Guardians' is a property with plenty of humor, which might explain why they chose Gunn ('Super,' 'Slither') to direct in the first place. Therefore, Levi's comedy background offered a reasonable link to this project and this role. Also, he's appearing as Fandral in 'Thor: The Dark World' so he already has a working relationship with the company. The red flag this should have raised however is that Marvel has never hired someone to play two different characters in one shared universe. Chris Evans may have been both Johnny Storm and Captain America, but those two properties reside with entirely different studios. Considering the possible Avengers/Guardians crossover, it would be unwise for Marvel to put themselves in danger of potential overlap.
What do you guys think? Would Levi have made a decent Star-Lord? The search continues, who would be your pick?