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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Cast Rumors Aren’t True, Says Director

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We recently reported that James Gunn and Marvel were testing a handful of actors for the lead in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ but now the director is saying you shouldn’t believe everything you read because those reports are not accurate.

Originally it was reported that ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was testing five hot actors — Joel Edgerton, Eddie Redmayne, Jim Sturgess, Jack Huston, and Lee Pace — for the lead role of Peter Quill, a half-human, half-alien hybrid in the upcoming Marvel superhero flick. And then we reported that it was down to two names — the already announced Sturgess, and the new addition of Zachary Levi of ‘Chuck’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World.’ Variety said that Levi’s performance as Fandral, one of the warriors three in the ‘Thor’ sequel, was so impressive that Marvel was considering using him again in ‘Guardians.’

But not so fast, says director James Gunn. On his Facebook page, Gunn says:

 ”Almost everything in that Variety article on the Guardians of the Galaxy casting (and all the following articles based on it) was/is completely inaccurate. Just for the record.”

Aww. We really liked some of the names on that list — Huston and Sturgess were interesting choices in particular, and the idea of seeing Levi flex his acting chops outside of the ‘Chuck’ role that made him famous might have been pretty cool.

Hopefully we’ll have a more legitimate update on casting soon.

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