'Zero Dark Thirty' Star Chris Pratt Lands 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Lead
by Ethan Anderton
February 5, 2013
After a search that looked at nearly every male star in Hollywood, Deadline is reporting that Disney and Marvel Studios are making "Parks & Recreation" series regular and Zero Dark Thirty and Moneyball co-star Chris Pratt one of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Pratt will take the lead superhero role of Peter Quill, the astronaut who becomes the guardian known as Star-Lord. Though is recent TV work and appearances in films like Five-Year Engagement don't make him out to be superhero material, Pratt lost weight and toned up for his role in Zero Dark Thirty (he showed off his muscle a bit on Conan), is now a full-fledged hero.
For those who are not aware, as a child Peter Quill's father died trying to kill him and his mother was killed by an alien. It's no wonder he grew up to be an astronaut. But while on a space station, Quill is visited by Master of the Sun and gets transformed into Star-Lord, who is tasked with policing the galaxy. His suit allows him to travel through space, increase his strength and he has a powerful weapon called an element gun which fires earth, water, fire and air. In the concept art release at Comic-Con, he's carrying Kree sub-machine guns (from the alien race that created his suit), which shoot various types of ammunition, including explosives. He also has a psychic link to a sentient spaceship aptly called Ship.
This is a huge role for Pratt who has mostly been resigned to supporting roles, but he shows great potential as an actor in comedy and drama, not unlike Chris Hemsworth as Thor. Pratt beat out names like Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Lee Pace, Jim Sturgess and plenty of others. In addition to being part of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt now has a line right into the world of The Avengers as it's expected that the two teams with unite at some point in Marvel's cinematic universe. For more on the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy roster, check out our character line-up here. Thoughts?