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Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Running For Guardians of the Galaxy

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.


  • Jarrod

    Marvel to cast JGL, says “Suck it” to DC, to cast him as main character instead of a lame ass Robin character!

  • Mythos

    Robin AND Star-Lord?! Wow, JGL is living the dream as far as superheroes go!

  • Adam Walters

    And then Fox can hire Hardy to play Colossus and everyone could share a laugh.

  • Lead_sharp

    He wasn’t Robin. He was a throw away to the fans because Nolan was fed up of the franchise but still wanted to hear the sound of fapping from idiots who still kissed his coat tails.

  • Dan Dieckmann

    “lame ass Robin Character” is still better than ANYTHING this movie will have to offer. A Tree man? A talking Raccoon? Yeah, those will mesh well with The Avengers and other hero movies coming out now. Totally won’t be idiotic and childish. Totally.

  • NHV

    So I assume that you hated the critically acclaimed Lord of the Rings series, which featured an entire group of tree men and little people with large, disproportionate, hairy feet? Why wouldn’t a “tree man” and a “talking Raccoon” fit in with a Norse God/alien, a giant, green, irradiated monster, a man with a flying suit of armor, and a man that woke up after being frozen in ice since WWII? You’re right. The present realism would totally be suspended. Totally.

  • user

    Clearly you have never read a Marvel comic before……..That tree man and Raccoon aren’t really supposed to be child friendly, plus if Marvel play their cards right it will be a different tone to the rest of the cinematic universe 

  • Charles Gordon

     Hey Dan…grow up

  • Cliff Ferrizzi

    Yeah walking tree men could never work just look at LOTR.

  • Jenny

    Stupidest comment I’ve read in a long time.

  • Jenny

    I stand corrected- this is the lamest comment I’ve read in a long time.

  • Jenny

    Rocket Raccoon will be the break-away character in this movie. He will be the character you come out of the theatre talking about. Think Wolverine with a fuzzy tail and guns, and a better sense of humour.

    I personally think this film will redefine the Marvel Movie Universe and open it up to new franchises such as Captain Marvel, Adam Warlock, and hopefully some more cosmic threats. I’d love to see the Eternals and Celestials pop up in Thor 3.

  • TallBoy6t6

    They’re trying to steal him so he’s not Batman in Justice League!

  • Lewis4510

    Totally jackass think to say totally.