Chris Pratt to Lead Guardians of the Galaxy

James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy has found its lead. Deadline is reporting that “Parks & Recreation” and Zero Dark Thirty star Chris Pratt will play Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) in the August 1, 2014 release.

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 team.

Quite arguably Marvel Studios’ most offbeat property to date, Guardians of the Galaxy‘s roster is also said to include Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Racoon and Gamora. Check back for casting details on those roles as they emerge.

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