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One of the most interesting things about a superhero ensemble movie like Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is that the lack of standalone films leading up to it means that the casting of each hero is up in the air. Recently, it was revealed that Chris Pratt would be playing the group's leader Peter Quill (alias Star-Lord), but several key roles remain unfilled. One such role is that of Drax the Destroyer. Today, the rumor mill churns again with the news that Jason Momoa ('Game of Thrones') may have just landed himself the gig. The reports are a bit conflicting, both Latino Review and The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit are reporting that Momoa flew out to screen test for the part, but LR is further claiming that his screen test was strong enough to generate an offer. Drax was once human, but after his family was murdered, he saw his spirit transported into a new, more powerful host by the being Kronos. Marvel has neither confirmed nor denied any screen test or impending deal.
This is a frustrating situation. During the initial run of the first season of 'Game of Thrones,' if you had told me that Jason Momoa was going to be in a superhero film, I would have been rejoicing. He was incredible as Khal Drogo and cut a very imposing screen presence. However, since he began trying to break into features, his stock has fallen considerably. It hasn't always been his fault. Lionsgate's 'Conan the Barbarian' reboot had a weak script and was quite poorly directed. However, his performance in 'Bullet to the Head' was so dry and bland that it sort of dashed my hopes of his developing into a quality leading man. Now granted, James Gunn would be the best director he's worked with since 'Game of Thrones,' which kills me to say considering how much I love Walter Hill but he's clearly lost his touch. He's got the right physical presence to play Drax, but depending on much they utilize that character in the script, he may not have the performance chops. Perhaps he does still harbor some potential that just needs the right proving ground, and if there were any film that represented a Dothraki-esque trial-by-fire, it's 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' And again, this all hinges on whether or not there is even a deal on the table.
What do you guys think? Would Jason Momoa make a suitable Drax? Could it turn his career around or is his potential casting a disaster for 'Guardians?'