Chris Pratt In Talks For Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Lead

Chris Pratt is reportedly in talks for the lead role in Marvel’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

According to multiple reports (The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline), the actor – best known for his role on “Parks and Recreation” and recently on the big screen in “Zero Dark Thirty” — is in talks to play Peter Quill, a pilot who ends up in space with a rag tag group of outlaws.

The comic book series (which debuted in 1969) has featured a slew of different characters over the years and on the big screen it will include Star-Lord (likely played by Pratt), Drax the Destroyer (a human resurrected as a warrior bent on killing Thanos – the villain seen at the end of “The Avengers”), Groot (an alien that resembles a massive walking tree), Gamora (the last living member of her species, who was once was Thanos’ assassin) and Rocket Raccoon (a genetically engineered critter with a love of explosives and weapons).

According to Deadline, if Pratt locks in the role, he’ll have beat out “Zero Dark Thirty” co-star Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace, and Eddie Redmayne and Zachary Levi. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was also reportedly once sought after for the lead role.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is slated to blast into theaters on August 1, 2014.

-- Jesse Spero

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