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“Guardians of the Galaxy”: Chris Pratt lands leading role

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” has found its Star-Lord.

Deadline broke the news today that Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt has been cast as Peter Quill (aka the Star-Lord), the half-alien, half-human leader of Marvel’s intergalactic league of heroes. The news comes as a bit of a surprise, due to the fact that Pratt was not among the list of names rumored to be in the running for the leading role – a list that included Zachary Levi, John Krasinski, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Rosenbaum.

As for who will play the remaining Guardians (Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora), that’s still up in the air. Comic Book Movie has reported that Isaiah Mustafa, WWE star Dave Bautista and Brian Patrick Wade are on the shortlist for Drax the Destroyer, and Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler’s names have been tossed around for unspecified roles; however, based on the surprise casting of Pratt, there’s no reason to believe the rumors just yet.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is due out on August 1, 2014. James Gunn (“Super”) is set to direct.

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Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler being considered for “Guardians of the Galaxy”

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We’re finally hearing some names swirl for the non-Star-Lord characters in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but they weren’t the names that we expected.

Latino Review is reporting that Marvel is currently trying to convince Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler to join the upcoming ensemble film. It’s unclear which roles they’d play (likely not Peter Quill), but it’s also unclear if they’re being considered for the same or different roles. Carrey already is doing his comic book duty in “Kick-Ass 2,” so it will be interesting to see if he jumps into a different franchise too. If Sandler ends up coming on board, it will be nice to see him have to work opposite a group of actors who aren’t his peers like they are in the “Grown Ups” movies.

In addition, it’s being reported that more actors are being considered for Peter Quill. Wes Bentley, Chris Lowell and Cam Gigandet join Zachary Levi, John Krasinski, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Rosenbaum and Jim Sturgess as the actors being looked at to play Star-Lord. Meanwhile, Isaiah Mustafa, Dave Bautista and Brian Patrick Wade are all up to play Drax the Destroyer.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is due in theaters on August 1, 2014. The movie will be the first to introduce new superheroes to Marvel’s Phase Two line-up, and will likely deal with the villain Thanos who was introduced at the end of “The Avengers.” The Guardians of the Galaxy are Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora. How long do we have to wait to get some lady casting news?

Would you like to see Carrey or Sandler in “Guardians of the Galaxy”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Isaiah Mustafa among actors shortlisted for Drax in “Guardians of the Galaxy”

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Finally we are moving a bit beyond the Star-Lord “Guardians of the Galaxy” casting rumors. A new report has come out with a reported shortlist of actors being considered for the role of Drax the Destroyer in the upcoming Marvel movie.

Comic Book Movie has learned from a source “very close to production” that Isaiah Mustafa, WWE star Dave Bautista and Brian Patrick Wade are all being considered for the role. If Mustafa got the role, he’d already have some experience with Zachary Levi, who is being rumored for the role of Peter Quill. The two of them worked briefly on “Chuck” together.

In addition, John Krasinski has been added to the list of actors in contention for the role of Star-Lord. Both he and his wife, Emily Blunt, had circled Marvel movie roles in the past but never landed one. We would definitely not complain if Krasinski walked away with this one. He’s up against other popular choices like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Rosenbaum, Jim Sturgess and Levi.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is due in theaters on August 1, 2014. The movie will be the first to introduce new superheroes to Marvel’s Phase Two line-up, and will likely deal with the villain Thanos who was introduced at the end of “The Avengers.” The Guardians of the Galaxy are Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora.

Who would be in your dream “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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