Lee Pace, Joel Edgerton & More Testing for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

November 28, 2012

Lee Pace / Joel Edgerton

Since director James Gunn (Slither, Super) has been lined up to direct Marvel's cosmic superhero ensemble Guardians of the Galaxy, we've been waiting to get some updates on the talent in front of the camera. The film won't arrive until August 2014, so there's plenty of time to get a cast in order, and now Deadline has a shortlist of stars in the running to play Peter Quill, the astronaut who becomes the guardian known as Star-Lord. Marvel is making test deals for actors Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire"), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (Lincoln) and Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) too.

In addition, names like Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) are either interested or have the studio circling them. Finally, James Marsden (Cyclops from X-Men) has also been mentioned, which would put him in the small club of actors along with Chris Evans to take on two Marvel characters. It's not surprising that so many names are being considered for just this one role, but if one of these guys doesn't work out for Star-Lord, then they might still fit for Groot or Drax the Destroyer (though the latter probably needs a beefier star than any of the actors lined up for Quill).

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.

Frankly, we're just happy that casting is finally underway for Guardians of the Galaxy. It might not be under as much scrutiny as the other Marvel properties that are part of The Avengers, but since this new ensemble is part of Phase Two of Marvel's cinematic universe, it will certainly come into play and tie-in to those films soon enough. It sounds like there's plenty of Guardians of the Galaxy news coming down the road so stay tuned. Any casting suggestions?

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I've been saying I want to see Lee Pace play a superhero ever since The Fall. I really hope he gets Star Lord.

Jake on Nov 28, 2012


I've actually been fairly fond of Joel Edgerton ever since he had a supporting role in 'King Arthur'...he was great in Warrior, I'd be happy to seem him get the part.

Chris Groves on Nov 28, 2012


I agree, he has been circling the cusp of Hollywood films lately. A turn in a big budget action flick might be the break he needs to go really mainstream.

Thexn on Nov 28, 2012


He does have a major role in 'The Great Gatsby', too...

Chris Groves on Nov 29, 2012


And while I can actually appreciate a great period piece, and will most likely see this film in an effort to enjoy good acting and finely written material, this is unfortunately not the type of movie that will make him a house-hold name with the average 18-36 year old. While it will undoubtedly get him notice from people in Hollywood who make movies, what I would like to see for him is a role in a film that will get him seen by your average joe-blow or even, (God help him) Frat Bro.

Thexn on Nov 29, 2012


I see what you mean. A big-time blockbuster type of role. But still, The Great Gatsby certainly is about as 'high-profile' as they came, as is Zero Dark Thirty...they will lead to more major roles in 'bigger' films.

Chris Groves on Nov 29, 2012


One can only hope so if only for the sake of seeing Mr. Edgerton in more films.

Thexn on Nov 30, 2012


Jack Huston! He is an incredibly underrated actor. Definitely needs a role in a big budget film.

Jaret Curial on Nov 28, 2012


I think Lee Pace might make a great Hank Pym aka Ant Man in the absence of Nathan Fillion..

Dan on Nov 29, 2012


Can't we just have a movie with all of these guys??

Kellie on Nov 29, 2012



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