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'Conan' Star Jason Momoa in Talks for Drax in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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February 15, 2013
Source: Latino Review

Drax the Destroyer / Jason Momoa

After the unlikely casting of "Parks & Reacreation" and Zero Dark Thirty star Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, in Marvel's cosmic superhero ensemble Guardians of the Galaxy, it sounds like the rest of the team is being filled out slowly but surely. Latino Review has word that names like Isiah Mustafa, Dave Bautista, and Brian Patrick were testing for the role of Drax the Destroyer, but it's Conan the Barbarian remake and Bullet to the Head star Jason Momoa who has come out on top with an offer and is currently in talks to take the role. Most fans should be familiar with Momoa after his stint on "Game of Thrones."

So who exactly is Drax the Destroyer? Drax used to be a human saxophonist named Art Douglas, but he and his wife were killed by Thanos while driving in the Mojave desert. The death of his wife already gave Drax an axe to grind, but Thanos also kidnapped his daughter and hands her over to his father Mentor. Meanwhile, another God named Kronos brings Art back as Drax complete with superhuman strength, energy blasts from his hands and the ability to fly (including in space), in order to kill Thanos, which is helpful because he can sense the villain's presence across space.

Momoa isn't a bad choice for the beefy hero, but he's yet to really shine in any major role. The actor shows charisma and potential, and this could be the kind of quality big break he needs after some lackluster films in his past. The real question will be how all these guys work together though. After all, seeing Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson come together for The Avengers was bad ass, and this has to be nearly as cool on some level. Hopefully we'll get word on who's playing Groot, Gamora and Rocket Raccoon (learn more about them here) very soon.

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Reader Feedback - 15 Comments

1

Oh he'd be awesome as Drax! I wasn't too crazy about his Conan, but he was great in Stargate Atlantis and kicked ass in Game of Thrones of course. It'll be weird seeing him bald though.

David Diaz on Feb 15, 2013

2

Nice casting choice

TOONFED on Feb 15, 2013

3

Mustafa is Luke Cage :<

福 赐 天上 on Feb 15, 2013

4

I hope when they pick the actor to play the voice of rocket raccoon, the actor doesn't portray a chipmunky, furry animal voice like we'd hear in alvin and the chipmunks.

JBrotsis on Feb 15, 2013

5

what a bizarre comment.

cody W on Feb 15, 2013

6

"his stint on Game of Thrones." Jeez, way to play down the guys most badass role man...

LosZombies on Feb 15, 2013

7

Even his monologues in Dothraki inspired me to go to war!

Stavi on Feb 16, 2013

8

"A crown for a King.."

LosZombies on Feb 16, 2013

9

shave this man head bald, paint him red and white and gave him scar on his right eye and stomach and we have ourselves a God of War

me on Feb 16, 2013

10

No, hes too small(yeah thats right) they need whoever sony got for Kratos on that PS commercial.

Cody W on Feb 16, 2013

11

You're funny

Beevis on Feb 17, 2013

12

Your a troll

Cody W on Feb 17, 2013

13

He was great as Ronon on Stargate Atlantis! I hope he does get the opprotunity to be a part of Guardians of the Galaxy!

Chris Skalicky on Feb 16, 2013

14

Am i the only one that thought the picture looks like Kratos from God of War?

That_Guy_Who_Says_Hi on Feb 19, 2013

15

If he would have played Conan the way he played Khal Drogo, it would have been an epic movie...

MMAniac911 on Feb 19, 2013

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