While we’re all enjoying a holiday recess, Marvel Studios isn’t. They’re currently vetting actors for the part of Star-Lord in their upcoming intergalactic extravaganza Guardians of the Galaxy.
Variety is reporting that Marvel just auditioned Chuck star Zachary Levi. Before you Levi fans jump for joy, keep in mind that he’s one of many names in the hat.
Jim Sturgess was recently mentioned on the shortlist for the part, along with names like Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Lee Pace (Lincoln and The Hobbit), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), James Marsden (X-Men) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), but Marvel has reportedly narrowed their selection down to Levi, Sturgess, and an unnamed third actor who could be auditioning after the holidays.
Levi is bit of a interesting choice, given the fact that he’s already playing a Marvel character. He’ll be seen portraying the swashbuckling Fandral in Thor 2: The Dark World.
I’d say actors playing multiple roles in the same universe makes little sense, but look at Chris Evans. He’s played both Captain America and The Human Torch and nobody seemed to mind. Casting is all about who’s best for the role and surprises like this can, well, surprise.
Personally, I think Levi is too much of a charming dork to be taken seriously. I’d prefer someone like Joel Edgerton. He has that baby faced heroic-ness about him. But, maybe Marvel doesn’t want serious. Maybe they want a fish out of water guy. That’s something Levi can certainly play.
Keep in mind this is just a casting shuffle (nothing official), and with that mystery actor possibly testing for the part after the holiday break, it’s too soon to speculate. We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop when we hear something substantial.
Unless you’re a uber Marvel fan you probably don’t know much about Guardians of The Galaxy, so imma tell you. It’s about a human space pilot who ends up at the center of a universal conflict and becomes the leader of a eclectic bunch of superheroes. Heroes that include – no joke – a shape-shifting tree and a gun toting raccoon. Suffice to say, this is one of Marvels most ridiculously extreme properties.