Over the past few weeks it’s been almost impossible to keep track of all the names linked to roles in Marvel Studios’ first (and only) original Phase Two property Guardians of the Galaxy, and thanks to Latino Review we can now throw a few more actors into the mix. According to the site, Marvel has made inquiries as to the availability of Jim Carrey (Kick-Ass 2) and Adam Sandler (That’s My Boy) for unspecified roles, with speculation pointing towards the comic actors lending their voices to either Rocket Raccoon and Groot.
Meanwhile, it’s also suggested that director James Gunn (Super) has now widened his search for the role of Peter Quill / Star-Lord, the half-human / half-alien leader of the Guardians, with Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Chris Lowell (The Help) and Cam Gigandet (Priest) said to be testing for the part. Other actors thought to have been under consideration include Zachary Levi (Thor: The Dark World), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Lee Pace (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), James Marsden (X-Men) and John Krasinski (The Office), while Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper) passed on the role in favour of another comic book adaptation, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
While the majority of the casting talk has surrounded the role of Star-Lord, it’s also been reported that Isaiah Mustafa (the Old Spice guy), Brian Patrick Wade (The Big Bang Theory) and former WWE star Dave Bautista (The Man with the Iron Fists) are on Marvel’s radar for the role of Drax the Destroyer. With filming on Guardians of the Galaxy set to begin this summer in London ahead of its release on August 1st 2014, expect to hear some official announcements very soon indeed.