Many have been rumored to take the role of Star-Lord (John Krasinski, Michael Rosenbaum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zachary Levi, etc.), the man who commands a team of strange and formidable aliens to protect the galaxy, but one actor was able to rise above them all.
And it’s this guy.
Yes, Chris Pratt has been cast as the man with the cosmic genealogy (his dad is an alien). He’s proven that he’s got the acting chops to pull off both the humorous (Parks and Recreation) and the dramatic (Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty) sides of the story and can definitely get in shape if needed to. Judging from the casting decisions and rumors thus far (Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler are in talks to voice a tree creature and a raccoon), it appears as though director James Gunn is aiming to make a fun adventure film, same as Edgar Wright (Ant-man).
There had also been rumors that a certain Iron Man movie premiering this summer will include a cameo from Guardians of the Galaxy. At first, I thought it’d be easy enough for them to generate the aliens in CGI to include in the after credits scene, but it looks like they’ll be able to go back just in time to shoot an additional footage for the film with an actual actor before it comes out on May third.
Things are shaping up nicely on the Marvel front, but I’m not quite sure about this movie just yet. The fact that the other movies (even Thor) were able to ground most of its story on Earth made it easier for the audience to connect, but if this turns out to be a full blown sci-fi flick, I’m not sure it’ll have the same impact. Now don’t get me wrong, this is not a sleight against science fiction in general, but super hero movies work as a different kind of escapism; the kind that shows us that we can stand above our peers and save the day from danger, which isn’t the same kind of appeal that science fiction has. Sure, you can argue that the super hero movies are a sub-genre of sci-fi, but that also means that it’s got its own specific appeal and that’s why it’s considered a splinter; the same splinter that’s been printing an insane amount of money for Marvel. If we get away from that, it may lose the casual audience, but perhaps they’re ready to risk that. Either way, everyone will be keeping their eyes on this project until it comes out next year.
Written by Daniel Lee