Marvel has created a shortlist for the star of James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” reported Deadline on Nov. 28. Those in the running for the role of Peter Quill are said to be Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace and Eddie Redmayne.
Edgerton, known for his action role in “Warrior,” will star in “Zero Dark Thirty,” Kathryn Bigelow’s movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and will play Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” next year.
Huston is best known for his role as the disfigured WWI veteran Richard Harrow in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”
Sturgess can be seen in “Cloud Atlas.” He plays Adam Ewing, a 19th century gentleman, and other characters in the film directed by the Wachowski siblings and Tom Twyker.
Pace can be seen in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” as Garrett and as Fernando Wood in “Lincoln,” though he might be best known as Ned from the ABC TV series “Pushing Daisies.” He’ll also play the Elvenking Thrandull in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy.
Redmayne, who played Colin Clark in “My Week with Marilyn” opposite Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh, is a familiar face in British theater and television.
If accurate, the casting shortlist provided by Deadline offers an early look at how Gunn and Marvel might approach the film. There’s a definite sense that, as Joss Whedon puts it, Gunn will bring a “twisted take” to the project.
That’s appropriate, though. Peter Quill is a mix of qualities – among them are intelligence, wit and more than a touch of darkness – and the actor who fills that role will need to convey them with a deft touch. It’s a role meant for a character actor who can also be a charismatic lead to anchor the film, a balancing act this shortlist recognizes.
It’s worth noting that this list of contenders for the “Guardians of the Galaxy” leader may not be complete. In his post for Deadline, Mike Fleming Jr. also claims Garrett Hedlund (“Tron: Legacy”), James Marsden (“X-Men”) and Sullivan Stapleton (“Animal Kingdom”) may be considered or be interested in the part.
For those unfamiliar with “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a brief look at Peter Quill’s history suggests how complex his characterization might be for all who are involved in the movie. Quill is both human and alien, with a back-story that involves the death of his mother. Quill works as an NASA employee before becoming Star-Lord (an interplanetary police officer). He eventually forms a second version of the Guardians, the superhero team that will work with the Avengers to fight Thanos.
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