Just over a month ago the first cast member was announced for director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Chris Pratt (Zero Dark Thirty) was named as playing the lead role of Peter Quill, AKA Star-Lord. Now a second name has been added to the cast.
WWE wrestling star Dave Bautista has now joined the cast as Drax the Destroyer, “a human resurrected as a green warrior with the sole purpose of killing Thanos,” Now, we all know that Thanos is going to play a rather large role in the Marvel universe as a key villain, and we even saw him at the end of The Avengers, so it would appear that the massive villain will be making his next appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy. The role of Drax the Destroyer has had a number of names possibly attached, including Jason Momoa, Isaiah Mustafa and Patrick Wade, so it would appear that Drax was always to be a rather large individual, but with Bautista’s 6’6″ and 290 ibs size, this is one superhero who is guaranteed to get the job done! Drax began life as a human but was reborn in a powerful new body which granted him extreme strength, flight, and energy blasts.
Dave Bautista has been seen in straight to DVD films such as The Scorpion King 3: Battle For Redemption and House of the Rising Sun, and most recently appeared as Brass Body in RZA’s The Man With the Iron Fists.
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.
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.
Deadline describes Guardians of the Galaxy like this: Guardians Of The Galaxy first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1969 but didn’t get its own series until the 1990s. Star-Lord (real name Peter Quill) leads a group of alien superheros who team to protect the solar system from an evil alien race. The good guys are from the future, and another dimension. In the comics, the Guardians worked with The Avengers, so there should be opportunities to use Marvel’s big franchises to help launch the new one.