Most of the discussion up to this point on Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy has had to do with that sexist, homophobic (or “satirical,” depending on your viewpoint) superhero post director James Gunn wrote that surfaced last month. But for those of you who haven’t sworn off the movie because of his involvement, we have a bit of casting news. Variety is reporting that the choice of actors for the lead role, Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill), is down to two: Jim Sturgess (l) and Zachary Levi.
Levi’s already involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; he was cast as Fandral in Thor before new episodes of his show Chuck forced him to back out. He was replaced by Josh Dallas, who couldn’t do the sequel because of his commitment to Once Upon a Time… so now Levi is back to being all dashing as Fandral.
And now it looks like he might helm his own Marvel movie, too. Funny how that works out.
Sturgess, meanwhile, was on the list of five actors who auditioned for the Guardians lead that we saw last month; the others, Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Lee Pace, and Eddie Redmayne, look to be out of the running. Which is kind of sad for me personally, because I really like Joel Edgerton. I’d even rewatch Attack of the Clones for him.
Variety notes that “While Levi and Sturgess remain frontrunners to play Star-Lord, sources caution that an unnamed third actor may be tested after the holidays,” which sounds nice and dramatic.