Chris Pratt to play Star-Lord in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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Chris Pratt, who rose to fame as a comedic actor on Parks and Recreation, is now a full-fledged superhero. Pratt has earned a lead role in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” He’ll play Star-Lord, the half human, half alien leader of the team. His father is the king of a planet called Spartax, and Daddy may have designs on conquering Earth himself. Brian Michael Bendis, who will write the upcoming Guardians’ comic, compares him to Captain Kirk or Firefly’s Mal Reynolds.

Parks‘ lovable but goofy Andy would have seemed like a strange choice two years ago. But Pratt’s turn in critical darling “Zero Dark Thirty” showed his dramatic chops. So he emerged from a field of contenders that reportedly included Lee Pace, Joseph Gordon Levitt and James Marsden.

Pratt is the first actor cast, although rumors surround both Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler. Other Guardians include Groot, a sentient tree, Rocket Raccoon and Drax the Destroyer. Iron Man will join the team during an upcoming comic book storyline, but isn’t expected to join the film version. Although with Marvel’s shared cinematic universe, anything is possible.

Read [Los Angeles Times]

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