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Marvel Has A Shortlist of Actors for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

– by Philip Sticco

Marvel is deep into planning/filming phase two takeover of the cinema. Iron Man 3 is in post-production, Thor: The Dark World is filming and Captain America: The Winter Soldier is gearing up to film.

But what of Guardians of the Galaxy? James Gunn (Super) is on board to direct, but since that announcement we haven't really gotten any other news. Fortunately for us all Deadline has the scoop on casting for Guardians, specifically Peter Quill.

Here's brief history of Quill from Marvel:

Peter Quill is born during an unusual astronomical phenomenon when many of the planets align. Seeing no resemblance, the man who believed he was Quill's father angrily accused his wife Meredith of infidelity and attempts to kill the infant, but dies of a sudden heart attack. Quill is raised by his single mother.

One day Peter returned home, bruised from trying to stop a bully. As he is washing up for dinner, his mother sees a bright light and two aliens emerge. Vowing to end the 'Spartoi bloodline', they kill Meredith. After Quill sees the aliens and his dead mother, he panics and runs. As the aliens pursue, he grabs a shotgun and manages to kill them with it. He then finds a mysterious device in a closet. Seeing a bright light he flees the house, just before the alien ship destroys it.

Quill is placed in an orphanage but escapes and eventually becomes a trainee NASA astronaut. An alien entity called the Master of the Sun eventually visits the space station that Quill and other astronauts are currently inhabiting, and offers the mantle of Star Lord (an interplanetary policeman) to a worthy candidate, Quill volunteers, but is rejected in favour of a colleague he once treated badly.

Quill is outraged, and NASA orders his return to Earth and discharge for his conduct. Peter, however, steals a scoutship, and on returning to the space station takes his colleague's place. Quill is then chosen to become Star-Lord, with the Master of the Sun first creating an illusion in which he is able to find and kill the aliens that murdered his mother to free him of his past. Equipped with a sentient vessel called "Ship", Quill commences his role as Star-Lord.

Okay, so I exagerated the brevity a bit.

Anyway, Marvel has a short list of actor for Quill/Starlord: Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (Lincoln, The Hobbit), and Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables). Other possible candidates are Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), James Marsden (X-Men) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom).

Who would you like to see in the lead of Marvel's next big flick?

SOURCE: Deadline

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