Last week we learned about eight actors that were on the short list for the lead role of Peter Quill/Star-Lord in Marvel’s new franchise Guardians of the Galaxy. Among the list was actor Lee Pace (The Hobbit films, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, “Pushing Daisies”). MTV spoke with Pace about the role and he said he’s going in to audition for the part on Monday.
“I’m very excited about it. The script is great. The character is a lot of fun.”
When asked if he’s been doing his homework and reading up on Star-Lord he replied: “I have been, You want to know what you’re doing. The character is a lot of fun. I hope it works out.”
You can watch the rest of his interview with MTV below.
The rest of supposed contenders for the role are Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy), Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”), James Marsden (X-Men), Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom).
The Quill character is likely to be the central protagonist of the film. Raised on Earth, Quill learns that his father was from outer space and is drawn into an intergalactic conflict that eventually leads to him becoming the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Also said to be on the movie team’s roster are the characters Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Racoon and Gamora. Check back for casting details on those roles as they emerge.
Guardians of the Galaxy is set to be released on August 1, 2014.
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