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First he was rumored to be suiting up as Batman for Warner Bros.’ long-brewing Justice League, and now a new report places Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the shortlist to play Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
According to Deadline, the 31-year-old actor is “in the mix” for the lead role in James Gunn’s space adventure, joining such supposed contenders as Zachary Levi, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace, Eddie Redmayne and Joel Edgerton. However, it should be noted the director called those previous casting reports “inaccurate” before deleting his comments.
Gordon-Levitt has been on a bit of a roll lately, even if his bicycle-messenger action thriller Premium Rush didn’t perform well at the box office: He followed 2010’s Inception with the well-reviewed comedy-drama 50/50, a profile-raising role in The Dark Knight Rises and the acclaimed indie sci-fi film Looper.
Created by Steve Englehart and Steve Gan, Peter Quill was introduced in 1976′s Marvel Preview #4 as the child of a human mother and an alien father who grows up as an orphan to become a NASA astronaut and then to assume the mantle of the interplanetary police officer Star-Lord. He eventually recruited the likes of Drax the Destroyer, Gamora and Rocket Raccoon to form a new version of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy opens Aug. 1, 2014.