Joseph Gordon-Levitt Joins ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Race

EXCLUSIVE: The derby to land the lead role of Starlord Peter Quill in Guardians Of The Galaxy has gotten even more interesting. Marvel Studios has added Joseph Gordon-Levitt to the list of actors they are considering for what is seen as its next major franchise launch.

Deadline reported that Marvel had made test deals with Zero Dark Thirty‘s Joel Edgerton, Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston, Cloud Atlas‘ Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace (who has roles in both Lincoln and The Hobbit), and Eddie Redmayne from Les Miserables. More recently, Zachary Levi was identified as a candidate.

I’m not sure if Gordon-Levitt has been offered the role and nobody would comment, but he’s in the mix. He is just coming out of the superhero movie The Dark Knight Rises, which left him in an intriguing position as Chris Nolan’s film trilogy concluded.

James Gunn is directing the film, and Quill is the Guardians leader who is the offspring of a human mother and an alien father. Guardians Of The Galaxy first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1969 but didn’t get its own series until the 1990s. Quill leads a group of alien superheros who team to protect the solar system from an evil alien race. The good guys are from the future, and another dimension. In the comics, the Guardians worked with The Avengers, so there should be opportunities to use Marvel’s big franchises to help launch the new one. That gives Disney a deep space companion to its plans to resuscitate Star Wars.

There has also been mention of interest in Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden (he already played Cyclops in X-Men, but then again Chris Evans played Fantastic Four‘s Human Torch before landing Captain America), and Edgerton’s Animal Kingdom co-star Sullivan Stapleton.

Comments (43)

  • Isn’t he also Batman?

    Comment by Trial Lawyer — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 10:01am PST  
    • You’re a lawyer and yet you don’t know how to use google to find out a simple answer to your simpleton question?



      Comment by Cary Coatney — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 10:26am PST  
      • Actually, having seen the movie… it’s still kind of vague. (Does the name “Nightwing” mean anything to you?)

        Comment by cst — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 12:28pm PST  
        • Comment by Kriswone — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 2:24pm PST  
        • Then why did you even bother asking the question – presuming you’re the joker who went and just changed his handle and asked it in the first place?

          People should be posting under their real names on here – instead of constantly changing their pseudonyms as often as they change their underwear.



          Comment by Cary Coatney — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 3:24pm PST  
  • Different fictional universe altogether.

    Comment by Juan — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 10:12am PST  
  • I hope he stays away from this project.

    Comment by John — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 10:14am PST  
    • Why? Cause it would make this project cooler than it already is? You don’t wanna see JGL with downey in the Avengers? Idiot

      Comment by BABYJESUS — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 10:50am PST  
      • No I don’t, I’d rather JGL go on and work with original projects that can best utilize his acting abilities then starring in big dumb action movies based on established properties. They may be good big dumb action movies, but they’re still big dumb action movies.

        Comment by ElGorcho — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 1:07pm PST  
        • Such a sad, small mind. He’s an actor, this could be a good paying job. He’s talented and likeable, and has many enjoyable films building under his belt. He’s done small and big films, and I presume he will continue to do so. This suggestive opinion of yours is not a good one.

          Comment by Harish — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 6:56pm PST  
        • @ELGorcho – Come on now man big dumb action movies, get the stick out your you what and loosen up a little man. Who wants to be in serious boring s….all the time. You ever heard of loosening up and just having fun sometimes, damn. And if the movies are well made and entertaing than it’s never an issue whatsoever.

          Comment by orlando — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 3:08am PST  
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy? Please. JGL and his team are obviously using this ‘news’ to try and leverage a better deal for another ‘studio project’ so the real question here is what’s the other project?

    There is no way ol’ JoGoL would sign one of those arcane seven picture deals that Disney/Marvel make all their talent sign. And if he did…., ? Well if this is what he’s ‘reduced to’ then Hollywood and the studio system is in worse shape than I thought.

    Comment by Warner Borg — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 10:39am PST  
  • the war has started….how about adding Robin/Batman to the Marvel films?

    at least we will be saved from the fanboys arguing which universe is better.

    Comment by cape — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 10:51am PST  
  • Lol hopefully JGL doesn’t sign on. This movie is going to be as bad as Thor.

    Comment by Tom — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 11:28am PST  
    • If you read the comic, or knew anything about the Guardians, then you probably wouldn’t be saying that.

      Comment by Starlord — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 11:41am PST  
    • Thor was Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes with a 77% fresh rating and 80% of users liking it. I’d hardly call that bad.

      Comment by thephantomcat — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 12:47pm PST  
    • I should hope so! Thor was excellent!

      Comment by JCA — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 1:14pm PST  
      • Haha, well said.

        Comment by Harish — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 6:57pm PST  
  • Should call it “Rise of the Legends of the Guardians of the Galaxy”, just to avoid any confusion.

    Comment by What's in a name? — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 11:37am PST  
  • He won’t take this. DC won’t want him in a competing superhero movie. This is simply agent maneuvering to lock him in for the Justice League movie.

    Comment by Nope — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 11:45am PST  
    • really? Halle Berry played Storm in X-Men and Catwoman. Ryan Renolds played “Deadfool” in Wolverine, Hannibal King in Blade 3 and Hal Jordan in Green Lantern. Chris Evans played Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four, Captain America and also played as Jensen in The Losers (Vertigo Comics, an offshoot of DC). Natalie Portman played Jane Foster in Thor and also Evey Hammond in V for Vendetta (Vertigo)

      Comment by Raziël — Thursday January 3, 2013 @ 8:04am PST  
  • I agree with a few of the other posters, my guess is that the fanboy backlash against him playing Batman in the JL movie left DC reeling and his agents are trying to leverage or save face. Brilliant actor that he is, JGL should never ever ever play Batman. He would be a great Flash or solid Green Lantern, but not Bats. If booking this takes him out of the Bats discussion, I am all in.

    Comment by Jeff — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 1:39pm PST  
  • I still think this movie is insane. This is a property literally no one outside of fairly in-depth comic fans have heard of (I’m smack in the middle of the target demo and I had never heard of this property/group until it was announced). If the history of comic book movies have proven anything it’s that you can’t just depend on fanboys to make a movie a financial success – it has to be a property the wider audience is at least somewhat familiar with to draw them in as well.

    Comment by jer — Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 1:50pm PST  
    • @jer – You are exactly right, that’s why it’s up to Marvel to sell this property which i think they will and they’re also as i’m assuming will connect this film as much to “The Avengers” as they can. If they’re successful in selling this film to the public it can definantly be a hit, but that’s what they must do.

      Comment by orlando — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 3:12am PST  
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