"Guardians of the Galaxy" has finally found its leader. After a long search, Marvel Studios has confirmed on Tuesday, February 5 that Chris Pratt was officially chosen to tackle the coveted part of Peter Quill a.k.a Star-Lord.
The "Moneyball" actor beats some others Hollywood actors who also pursued the role. They included Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace, John Krasinski and Eddie Redmayne. It was also rumored that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was approached, but he turned down the offer.
Quill or Star-Lord leads a group of alien superheros including Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Drax the Destroyer and Gamora to protect the solar system from an evil force. They come from the future and another dimension. In the Marvel comics, the Guardians also work with The Avengers to protect the universe.
The movie project is still looking for actors to play the other members of the Guardians. Back in early January, it was rumored that muscular actors Isaiah Mustafa, Brian Patrick Wade and Dave Bautista were all in negotiations to tackle the part of Drax. No official words, however, have been released to confirm or clarify the report.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" has hired James Gunn as the director and Black List scribe Chris McCoy as the screenwriter. The movie reportedly will follow a far-future story revolving around a group of alien beings - each the last of their kind - who eventually travel back in time to protect the earth from alien invasion. Marvel plans to release the flick Stateside on August 1, 2014.
As for Pratt, the actor husband of Anna Faris was most recently seen in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty (2012)" and star-studded comedy "Movie 43" with his wife. He has recently been busy filming another comedy movie "The Delivery Man", and will lend his voice to lead character Emmett in "Lego: The Piece of Resistance".