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Guardians of the Galaxy Won’t Feature Jason Momoa After All


The man who played Conan and fought Sylvester Stallone with an ax apparently won’t be Drax the Destroyer after all.

Although a recent report from Latino Review indicated Jason Momoa was in talks with Marvel to appear alongside Chris Pratt in director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, a tweet from that same source now suggests those negotiations have fallen through. Whether that means the studio will turn to one of the other contenders — Old Spice guy Isaiah Mustafa, Brian Patrick Wade (Generation Kill) and MMA fighter Dave Batista were rumored to be among them — remains to be seen.

Drax the Destroyer began life as Arthur Douglas a human who was killed by Thanos, his spirit was then merged with a being called Drax that was genetically engineered to kill the Mad Titan. After kicking around the Marvel Universe for a while as a brute, he was reborn in 2004 as a much more cunning character who went on to get involved in the Annihilation event and then become a member of the reincarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Guardians of the Galaxy is set for an Aug. 1, 2014, release.


  • demoncat_4

    his lost will be some one elses gain. guess he was not satified with the salary marvel was offering a pity was interested in seeing how he would do drax

  • Verdoux

    It would be nice if Bill Mantlo, the creator of one of the characters, got some money out of this for his health care.

    But given Marvel’s track record of screwing over its talent (Jack Kirby), I expect Mantlo won’t see a dime.

  • Dave

    And a tweet from a legit reporter said that it wasn’t true, that Momoa wasn’t even offered the part.

  • Wreckoning

    Means more money to appease Robert Downey Jr when Marvel announces his eventual casting in Guardians so it doesn’t tank. Personally, thinking Momoa would be a killer Executioner if a 3rd Thor film gets made. Not sure who to cast as the Enchantress though.

  • beane2099

    Actually, I didn’t think he was a good fit for that role anyways.  Great guy and all, he just should be playing a different comic book character.

  • mel

    Make another Conan movie, Momoa!

  • Katarzyna Skop

    Shame, I liked the idea of him as Drax. Well then. From the guys mentioned above I’d vote Old Spice guy – though I’m really attached to him as prospective Luke Cage (what, a gal can dream).

  • Tophman

    If he did turn it down, I’m sure he had his reasons (probably didn’t want to be typecast as the ‘barbarian’ characters he’s already played –in Stargate Atlantis, Game of Thrones, & the last Conan film).

  • darthtigris

    He didn’t wanna go bald. : D

    Nah, this rumor was just something somebody made up anyway.  That’s my take.

  • Sonnyboy

    I think he’d be a bad choice anyway. Glad he wanted too much money

  • Ephraim

    Kaley Cuoco as Gamora!!!!!