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Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum Reads For Guardians of the Galaxy

Add another name to the list of contenders for the lead role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Smallville alum Michael Rosenbaum.

The 40-year-old actor and director, who played Lex Luthor for seven seasons on Smallville, revealed last night on Twitter that he read for the part of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, for his “pal,” director James Gunn. “What a treat!” he wrote. “Thanks Jimmy.”

Rosenbaum’s announcement came only hours after a report surfaced that The Dark Knight Rises co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is “in the mix” for the role, joining such rumored contenders as Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) and Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty). Gunn has called those earlier casting reports “inaccurate.”

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.

Rosenbaum, who most recently appeared in the action comedy Hit and Run, provided the voice of Wally West/The Flash on the Justice League animated series and, last year, Barry Allen on Justice League: Doom.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens Aug. 1, 2014.


  • hysanadu

    Can he do his spot-on Chris Walken impersonation when he (potentially) plays Peter Quill?

    “That…was a….talking raccoon…it’s WEIRD!”

  • pblimp360

    I never thought of him for the role, but honestly thinking about it, out of all the choices, he’s one of my favorites for this role.

    He has experience in comic roles with the Flash and Lex, and he’s a solid actor. 

    Good luck to him.

  • Calbretto

    I can never get used to seeing him with hair.

  • erik weinfurter

    I could see it. 

    I like JG-L, but not for this role.

  • Edstone1

    Looks like a young Chevy Chase!

  • PA_Kid

    Would never have thought of Rosenbaum, but now that they said it, he’s perfect.  That swagger he had as lex would be perfect for Peter Quill – that’s pretty close to the voice I hear in my own head when I read starlord’s stuff.

  • Mitch2012B

    I could see it.

  • JusticeBringer

     Young? He’s 40!

  • JusticeBringer

    I agree, but I’m a bit concerned about his age.

  • Rogueit

    That is a great call!

  • Rogueit

    That is a great call!