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Chris Pratt has surprisingly landed the lead role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Deadline reported this afternoon that the Parks & Recreation actor, who also appeared in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, will play Star-Lord, the leader of the group. The character, whose real name is Peter Quill, is the child of a human mother and alien father. He leads the Guardians of the Galaxy, a group from another dimension that often work with the Avengers. The group was created in 1969.
As Slash Film notes, Pratt is a surprising choice, since none of the previous reports had included him as a possibility for the role. Last month, the Latino Review named Wes Bentley, Chris Lowell and Cam Gigandet as possibilities. Other names on various shortlists have included the likes of Zachary Levi, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace, Eddie Redmayne and others.
Marvel and Disney were also interested in Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but his packed schedule prevented him from joining the cast.
Guardians of the Galaxy will be directed by James Gunn and is set for release on Aug. 1, 2014. It is expected to tie in with this year’s Iron-Man 3.
Pratt is currently working on Lego and recently starred in Moneyball and The Five-Year Engagement. He plays Andy Dwyer on Parks & Recreation.