James Gunn and Marvel Studios have finally found their Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) - Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation, Zero Dark Thirty)!
Yesterday it was announcement that Pratt would portray Quill in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy film. The character, a half-alien ex-astronaut, is the leader of the titular Guardians. His powers (telepathic link with a spaceship, to name one) were given to him by a being called the Master of the Sun. Expect at least one joke to be made in the film version regarding how easy a mind-to-vehicle link makes parking. Before Pratt, the following actors were considered for the role: Joel Egerton (another Zero Dark Thirty alumnus), Jim Sturgess (Across The Universe), Lee Pace (Pushing Daises), and Zachary Levi (Chuck). Pretty much every working actor between 25-25, too.
Guardians of the Galaxy will be the third entry in Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; it will be released on August 1, 2014. The internet has been all abuzz this week about the possibility of the forthcoming films setting up the “Planet Hulk” storyline from the comics. In it, Bruce Banner/Hulk is banished to another planet by Marvel’s Illuminati due to how dangerous he had become. It’s a pretty sweet arc that would definitely work well on film.
What do you think of Pratt as Peter Quill?