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Dave Bautista is cast as Drax The Destroyer

Guardians of the Galaxy movie, which is being directed by James Gunn (Dawn of the Dead) has it’s second official cast member. The WWE superstar Dave Bautista will portray Drax The Destroyer, a role that previously was rumored to be played by Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones).

Dave Batista is Drax the Destroyer

Dave Bautista is Drax the Destroyer

Now Bautista will work alongside Chris Pratt who recently was chosen to play the film’s lead, Peter Quill a.k.a Star-Lord.

THR informed that Bautista was competing for the role with Isaiah Mustafa, Patrick Wade and Jason Momoa. The WWE wrestler Dave Bautista appeared in the Man with the Iron Fists and will star opposite Vin Diesel in the upcoming Riddick movie.

The first comic book appearance of Drax The Destroyer, was in the Iron Man #55 in 1973  in addition to the first appearance of The Avengers post-credit scene foe, Thanos.

Drax was originally a human name Arhur Douglas whom Thanos had killed but was resurrecty by the Eternal Kronos, to fight against Thanos. At first Drax was more like the Incredible Hulk, with low intelligence and green skin to boot, but in 2005 he was remade into more of a “God of War” Kratos-like figure. After this change he has featured in the Marvel Cosmic resurgence with Annihilation and soon became a member of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s Guardians of the Galaxy. 

The goal and purpose of Drax in his ‘after-life’ is to remove Thanos from the universe.



Chris Pratt Lands the Role of Star-Lord

It’s official, Marvel has finally cast the lead role of Star-Lord to Chris Pratt in the James Gunn film Guardians of the Galaxy. Pratt stars in NBC’s comedy series Parks and Recreation, and has played interesting characters in films such as Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty.

Chris Pratt lands the role of Star-Lord

Chris Pratt lands the role of Star-Lord

Despite the many names of actors looking for the part over the last few months, Pratt’s name was never mentioned until now.

Guardians of the Galaxy follows the story of a United States pilot who ends up in space in the midst of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone else is looking for. Star-Lord is the pilot and leader of the space superhero tema in the film.

In the comics is later revealed that the character is the offspring of a human mother and an alien father, hence Star-Lord develops son psychic-like abilities.

Lee Pace Will Audition for the role Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy

Last week the names of eight actors that are auditioning for the lead role of Peter Quill a.k.a Star-Lord in Marvel’s new franchise Guardians of the Galaxy. Among the names is the actor Lee Pace (The Hobbit films, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and tv series Pushing Daisies). MTV recently talked with Pace about the role and he said he’s going to audition for the part on Monday 9.

Lee Pace will audition for Star Lord

Lee Pace will audition for Star Lord

This is what Pace had to say about the script and the character, “I go in on Monday to meet them all and audition for it, so wish me luck. I’m very excited about it. The script is great. The character is a lot of fun. I have been [reading up on Star-Lord]. You want to know what you’re doing. The character is a lot of fun. I hope it works out.

Apparently the character, Peter Quill, is the main protagonist of the film. Raised on Earth, Quill learns that his father was from outer space and is drawn into an inter galactic conflict that eventually makes him becoming the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Among other contenders for the role are Joel Edgerton (Warrior, The Thing, Zero Dark Thirty), Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), James Marsden (Cyclops, X-Men), Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom).

The movie would also include the team’s roster are the characters Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Racoon and Gamora. Stay tune for more casting details on those roles as they emerge.
Guardians of the Galaxy is set to be released on August 1, 2014.
A bit of knowledge on what Star-Lord can do…
Ship, Star-Lord sentient space vessel

Ship, Star-Lord sentient space vessel

Star-Lord is a master strategist and problem solver who is also an expert in hand to hand combat, also he is well versed in the use of various human and alien firearms, battle techniques and has an extensive knowledge on various alien customs, societies and cultures.

As Star-Lord, Peter Quill wears a suit that grants augmented strength, durability along with the ability to travel through space. The character also uses an “Element Gun,” a special meta-pistol capable of projecting one of the four elements (air, earth, fire and water). Star-Lord also shares a psychic link with his sentient space vessel, “Ship.”

Marvel Denies Guardians of the Galaxy Animated Film Rumor

Yesterday, Cosmic Book News posted a partial scan of the latest issue of SciFi Now Magazine, which features a lengthy article of the Marvel upcoming movie “Guardians of the Galaxy“, directed by James Gunn (Slither). However the article claimed that the film it’s going to be a fully animated feature.

James Gunn, Groot and blaster Rocket Raccoon

James Gunn, Groot and blaster Rocket Raccoon

‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ an animated offering starring little-known cosmic characters like Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon and helmed by ‘Super’ and ‘Slither” director James Gunn, will probably explore Thanos more — defending the universe being their whole raison d’etre, after all. How an animated movie from a director known for subversive comedy and horror will neatly gel with the live-action movies is an obvious challenge, but it’s not the only one.”

The article surely excited fans who were eager for the first animation collaboration between the Houses of Mouse and Ideas, but any celebration was premature. CBR contacted Marvel to confirm SciFi Now’s report, the entertainment company responded with official that the article is incorrect: “Guardians of the Galaxy” is not an animated film.

In this digital age the movie will certainly have the CG-animation treatment. But we do expect to see a superb animated Rocket Racoon and Groot, the sentient plant, come to life with a perfect combination of Disney and Marvel tools.

Thanos Confirmed for Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers 2

Thanos in The Avengers

It was a revelation to see Thanos smiling at the end of The Avengers. Many fans knew what it meant to see the Mad Titan as the villain behind the Chitauri invasion upon the Earth.

Scott Porter interested in playing Nova

Scott Porter interested in playing Nova

For a while it was Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, who said that Thanos would be appearing in the 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy movie. So far actor Scott Porter talked about his love for Marvel Cosmic and his desire to play Nova or another Marvel Cosmic character.

Feige has only said that Thanos is in the movie, however he recently informed that the Mad Titan Thanos will also appear in The Avengers 2 as well. James Gunn has appointed as the director for Guardians of the Galaxy.

Jim Starlin, the creator of Thanos in the Marvel universe also stated the appearance of his creation in the upcoming movie Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and The Avengers 2 (2015).