Marvel's upcoming cosmic super-team epic, Guardians of the Galaxy has apparently found its lead. Beating out a long list of potential candidates with names far bigger than him, it is being reported that Chris Pratt has landed the role of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord.
Pratt, a regular on Parks and Recreation, has been carving out quite a resume on the side in films like Moneyball and The Five-Year Engagement. However, his recent outing as a buffed-up U.S. Navy SEAL in Zero Dark Thirty has swung momentum his way like never before. The actor now nabs his first big-screen moment in the spotlight and does so in a major way with this Marvel movie tentpole.
With its apparent star, Pratt still far from a household name, Marvel will likely look for star power to serve in a supporting capacity. With Star-Lord only being the first official casting decision, it could be the case that roles for other team members who will be portrayed in a live-action capacity like Drax the Destroyer and Gamora will be filled by more recognizable names. In fact, a recent rumor which has comedy icons, Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler in the running to voice furry fellow, Rocket Raccoon still seems to hold water. -- Plus, rumors point to events in this May's Iron Man 3 leading to Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark showing up in Guardians in some capacity, which is definitely some major supporting star power.
So, who is Star-Lord, anyway? Let's take a quick look below.
Pratt's character will be Peter Quill, a NASA astronaut trainee who early on in his life knew there was something not quite right about his parentage; especially since his mother claims he was some sort of immaculate conception which occurred during a bizarre astrological event. This seemingly fantastical claim managed to leave a rift in his parents' marriage, creating stress which would claim the life of the man he thought was his father. Years later, tragedy would continue when an encounter with some mysterious aliens would also claim the life of his mother. However, having to grow up in an orphanage with plenty of emotional baggage did not stop Peter from reaching for success at NASA. Of course, that's only where his story begins.
While serving on a space station, he is visited from an alien called Master of the Sun, who not only reveals to Peter his true half-alien parentage, but offers him the chance to prove himself for a new position as an intergalactic policeman called a Star-Lord. Still blaming himself for his mother's death, he became motivated for the position by the possibility of exacting revenge against her extraterrestrial killers. Eventually proving his worth, Peter leaves NASA and his 401(k) behind to embrace his new job, utilizing some untapped cosmic powers and a lot of natural combat abilities. As Star-Lord, he then forms the Guardians of the Galaxy team.
While this film will, like The Avengers last year, be ensemble piece, Guardians will take on the extra burden of having to pack-in a lot of exposition; especially when it comes to Peter Quill's origin story. It's going to be a tough task for director, James Gunn, but it does seem that heavies like The Avengers, director, Joss Whedon and the brass at Marvel have faith in him. -- We'll just have to see if it's well-placed when the film hits on August 1, 2014.