Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has had a cracking few years: appearing in films such as Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Premium Rush, 50/50, Looper and Lincoln, you’d think it was time he took some well earned time off. Well, if the reports coming through from Deadline are to be believed (and they are usually right), JGL is getting set to star in one of Marvel’s smaller, but no less epic new superhero films, Guardians of the Galaxy.
We already know that James Gunn (Slither, Super) is writing and directing the Marvel film, but apart from a planned release date of August 2014, very little else is known of the film. The characters are not the most well known in the Marvel universe, and already two characters have been given smaller roles in order to ease audiences in to the story. The talking Raccoon called Rocket and the Tree called Groot will take a back step to allow more human-like characters to be used. The space based superhero’s are set to be lead by Peter Quill, AKA Star-Lord.
Already in the running for the role are names like 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. Also recently rumoured was Zachary Levi (Chuck). However, most interesting of all is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s name has now also been added to that list.
Nothing has been confirmed, and even if he has been added to the list of possibilities, no casting announcements have been made. However, it would be cool seeing JGL leading his own superhero movie, and while many are still speculating that he will be playing Batman in Warners Justice League movie, this is way off being confirmed. So basically, all we know right now is that JGL is definitely in the running to lead the Guardians of the Galaxy, and here is a little explanation of Peter Quill’s character, courtesy of Collider:
For those unaware, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord was born of a human mother and alien father, and he’s a master strategist and combat expert who wears an ability-enhancing suit and pilots a psychically-linked ship. The character will serve as the audience’s introduction to the galactic world of Guardians of the Galaxy in Marvel’s space-set film.
(Source: Deadline, Collider)