Well, the short list of actors for the role of Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord in the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie can definitely be re-labeled as long list. While I don’t know how many would be considered a “short list,” I’m pretty sure that it can’t be more than 10, which this list has now become.
Latino-Review and their trusted sources reveal that Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Chris Lowell (The Practice), and Cam Gigandet (Twilight) are now in the running for the Star-Lord gig as well, with Bentley entering the race with a Marvel film already on his resume, having played Blackheart in Ghost Rider.
The three join a list of reported and rumored talent which includes Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace, Eddie Redmayne, Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden, Sullivan Stapleton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zachary Levi, Michael Rosenbaum and John Krasinski, many of whom have seemingly been ruled out since. With the list still growing, writer/director James Gunn, Marvel pres Kevin Feige and the other decision makers involved are clearly facing a tough challenge in deciding who to have lead their riskiest project to date.
What’s really eye-catching is the other part of LR’s scoop which indicates that Marvel Studios has inquired as to the availability of both Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler. Crazy? Perhaps not. While both actors come from a comedy background, it’s likely that Marvel is simply looking for some high-profile names in building the supporting cast around whomever they choose to play Peter Quill. And we expect that both are being considered for a key voice role in the film. We already know two CG characters in Groot (second from left in header image) and Rocket Raccoon (second from the right) and it’s a no-brainer to put “name” actors in both roles to help sell the feature.
This is a very interesting development, and although I understand the need for some comic relief, I don’t care for slapstick or campy for this movie. If either of them get signed on, I hope James knows what he’s doing.