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Even though The Avengers and their return to solo movie projects dominates the landscape of Marvel news at the moment, we mustn't forget about James Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' Though it may have been a rather unlikely choice for filmic adaptation, Marvel is surging ahead with 'Guardians.' The shortlist of actors in the running for 'Guardians' leader Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) has just been released. It looks like the top contenders, at least the ones actually testing for the role, are Joel Edgerton ('Warrior'), Jack Huston ('Boardwalk Empire'), Jim Sturgess ('Cloud Atlas'), Lee Pace ('Lincoln'), and Eddie Redmayne ('Les Miserables'). There may even be a few more, but this is the list as we know it so far. 'Guardians of the Galaxy'is due in theaters August 1st, 2014.
Truth be told, there are probably two dozen more actors vying for the role, but the fact that Marvel is actually testing this lot speaks to the studio's heightened interest in them. I must say I am disappointed that Nathan Fillion is not in the running. I know my desire to see him in the role was originally somewhat of a gag predicated upon the fact that both 'Guardians' director Gunn and Marvel overlord Joss Whedon had both worked with him in the past, but the more I hear about Star-Lord, the more I think Fillion would have been perfect. That said, looking at this group, the one I think I would most support is Jack Huston. He may not have the established name as does Joel Edgerton, but his performance ability is unquestioned. His character on 'Boardwalk Empire'is by far my favorite to have come along in any of its seasons; so dark and complicated. That said, it'll still be interesting to see which names are added to the Star-Lord pool as this progresses.
What do you guys think? Do you like any of these gents for the role? Who would you cast?