What’s A Star-Lord Anyways?
The Internet is abuzz with casting speculation for the next big comic book film. This character, the leader of an intergalactic team of misfit heroes, is half human and half alien. His Name? Peter Quill, the Star-Lord. So why is his role so hotly contested by Hollywood? And more importantly, why is Marvel so gung ho on getting Guardians Of The Galaxy on everyone’s mind?
Probably because it’s supposed to be released in 2014, and so far, only director James Gunn has been announced as attached to the project. I’ll admit, I’m extremely late to the Guardians party, but even though I’ve only read the first trade and Thanos Imperative, I have to admit, I really like the team (and I’ll read the rest as soon as Marvel deems it fit to reprint the damn things).
That still doesn’t mean that this won’t be a hard sell for Marvel to make for general audiences. While they’ve had great success with their cosmic property Thor, that movie had the support of the fact that the God Of Thunder is one of the pillars of the Avengers, the film that Marvel’s “phase one” movies were building to. While yes, it can be safe to assume that GOTG will be a building block for the next part of “Phase 2”, this is still a team of characters that no one outside of a comic shop has heard of. In fact, to be completely honest, it still hasn’t sunk in that this film is being made over a character like Black Panther.
But back to the issue at hand: the casting of Star-Lord. Lately, it seems like there’s a new actor coming out of the woodwork saying that they’re going to be playing Quill. In fact, last I checked nearly every young actor in Hollywood was on the list to play him, from Joseph Gordon-Leavitt (he’s not) to Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor from Smallville). If I had to choose, I’d love to see Rosenbaum in the role. He’s one of the coolest guys in Hollywood, and I really think he deserves to be a bigger star than he is. He probably won’t get it though, as he’s 40 (holy crap), but still, it’s nice to dream.
At this point however, regardless of who plays Star-Lord, I think we can all agree that we just want to know who the damn guy will be already. Even people who have no idea what Guardians Of The Galaxy is are sick of seeing whichever new actor is up for the role. For the love of god Marvel, pick a guy and start filming.
And make sure the Old Spice guy is Drax, cause that would rule.
Oh, and that Michael Rooker voices RocketRaccoon.