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The Mighty Marvel Movie Rumor Mill is still cranking out interesting little tidbits about their upcoming movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. The lead role of Peter Quill/Starlord is still open and now names like Wes Bentley, Chris Lowell, and Cam Gigandet have entered the discussion.

In a move reminiscent of a Stan Lee‘s “Stan’s Soapbox,” where Stan would pontificate and throw out future project ideas to see what would get a reader response, word from the Marvel camp (Via Latino Review) is that Marvel is looking at two big name comedic actors to take on the roles of Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Who might that be you ask? Jim Carey and Adam Sandler.

Marvel is asking for the availability of both Jim Carrey AND Adam Sandler!

It’s not a bad idea really, add a well known name to not so well known comic book team. The question becomes, would either of those two consider the role and how well would they handle it? Between those two I would want Jim Carey, he has a lot of experience with voice work and comic book movies like Batman and Robin and his upcoming role in Kick Ass 2. I’ve often thought he might BE an alien, so thinking about him playing one is not much of a step to take.

Let’s not forget that The Walking Dead‘s Micheal Rooker, who’s worked with Guardians of the Galaxy‘s director James Gunn before, wouldn’t mind playing that rascally Rocket Raccoon as well.

If you’re worried about an overly comedic actor taking on the role, just check out what Gunn was able to do with “comedian” Rainn Wilson in Super. The tension and comedy of that movie performance was electric, Gunn could recreate that with whichever actor finally gets the role. Gunn seems to have that magical ability to draw additionally unknown talent out of his actors.

Via: Latino Review


But it sure ain’t the greatest. Priest isn’t terrible, and while I understand that is in no way a positive tone to begin this review it’s a point I want to get in your heads right away. It’s not terrible, it just is what it is, nothing new, nor ground breaking. Having said that, the film is enjoyable as long as you go in with the right mindset.  What you see is what you get, nothing more. There’s no deeper meaning or subtext, the story is totally straight forward and maybe a little predictable, but not bad.

Directed by Scott Stewart (Legion), Priest clocks in at 87 minutes, really just under 80 if you don’t count the opening and ending credit sequences. Meaning the film doesn’t really allow anytime for the story to lag or meander. We move quickly between plot points and the story is delivered seamlessly. For this film it works, had they tried to flush out the story into a sweeping, 2+ hour epic I’m sure my review would be much less favorable.

Spoilers begin below the cut, ye be warned.