'Guardians of the Galaxy' Casting Pool: Who Are Up to Join the Team?

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' has been on just about everyone's mind, though we still have to wait until 2015 to see what's in store for the film. Since 'The Avengers' hit the summer 2012 box office with big numbers and fans started gearing up 'Iron Man 3' and 'Thor 2' in this coming year, we all have high hopes for the latest batch of superheroes to take the big screen. The problem is we have no idea which actors will answer the call and join the cast!

Just like 'Star Wars: Episode 7' talk, there have been so many rumors and reports plaguing the web as to who exactly are testing for the lead role of Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill) and the other main characters. To help keep you all in the loop, we've put together this Power Ranking of sorts to see who's in the lead for 'Guardians of the Galaxy' based on current casting rumors.

Check back later on as we update this story with the latest reports.

  • Jim Sturgess

    Up for: Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill)

    Jim Sturgess was one of the original options rumored for the lead in 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' going up against names like Joel Edgerton ('Zero Dark Thirty'), Jack Huston ('Boardwalk Empire'), Lee Pace ('The Hobbit') and Eddie Redmayne ('Les Miserables'). Though, according to earlier reports, Marvel had narrowed the race down to him and Zachary Levi ('Thor'). That is, before 'Guardians' director James Gunn released a statement saying these updates were false. You'll remember Sturgess from his roles in 'Across the Universe,' '21,' 'The Way Back,' 'One Day' and 'Cloud Atlas,' but does he have what it takes to lead a team of superheroes?

  • Zachary Levi

    Up for: Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill)

    As we've previously stated, earlier reports had narrowed down the search for the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' lead Peter Quill to Jim Sturgess and Zachary Levi, the latter of which was brought in based off his role in the upcoming 'Thor: The Dark World.' Allegedly, Marvel was so impressed by his work as Fandral, one of the "warriors three," that they thought he'd be a perfect fit for Star-Lord. This would mean, however, that Levi would have to portray two Marvel heroes in two separate movies, similar to what Chris Evans did with 'Fantastic Four' and 'Captain America.' The main difference with Evans is that 'Fantastic Four' is part of 20th Century Fox, while 'Captain America' and 'The Avengers' are in Disney's wheel house, so there wasn't much room for crossovers anyway.

  • Michael Rosenbaum

    Up for: Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill)

    One of the latest names to join in the casting pool for 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is Michael Rosenbaum of 'Smallville' fame. The actor recently tweeted: "Read for my pal @JamesGunn GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY for PETER QUILL. What a treat! Thanks Jimmy. @Marvel" Do you think he has what it takes, including the star power, to be the face of the 'Guardians' movie? Other than playing Lex Luther in the Superman TV series, Rosenbaum has also voiced a number of characters in superhero cartoons, like 'Teen Titans,' 'Justice League' and 'Static Shock.'

  • John Krasinski

    Up for: Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill)

    As 'The Office' comes to an end, the series' stars are booking their future gigs, and perhaps for John Krasinski that'll mean 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' Rumor has it that the celeb, who recently starred opposite Matt Damon in 'Promised Land,' tested for the role of Peter Quill. Even though the ball's in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's court, if current reports are accurate, it seems as though Marvel is trying to nudge the 'Dark Knight' star to making a decision by throwing another big name into the consideration pool. Though, superhero movies are entirely different beasts than being Jim Halpert.

  • UPDATE: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Up for: Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill)

    UPDATE: Joseph Gordon-Levitt has signed on for 'Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For,' which essentially means he won't be taking on a big franchise like 'Guardians of the Galaxy' anytime soon.

    A report recently came out that 'The Dark Knight Rises' star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was being considered for the lead role in 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' that of Peter Quill/Star-Lord. Though the casting pool for this specific gig seems to be nearly infinite in depth, a follow-up report came shortly after stating that he was actually offered the gig and that the job is his to turn down. However, since experiencing a fruitful year career-wise, he's getting gig offers left and right. Not to mention there are more than enough fans out there who want to see him take over the role of the Dark Knight himself in the upcoming 'Justice League' movie.

  • Dave Bautista

    Up for: Drax the Destroyer

    A recently released report from Comic Book Movies states that while the race for Star Lord is heating up, so is the one for Drax the Destroyer! Three actors are rumored to have tested for the gig, one of which is WWE Superstar Dave Bautista. Out of the three names, Bautista seems to have the upper hand as he's fresh on our minds for starring in RZA's 2012 film 'The Man With the Iron Fists' opposite Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu.

  • Isaiah Mustafa

    Up for: Drax the Destroyer

    That's right! The "Old Spice Guy" is rumored to be considered for the role of Drax the Destroyer in 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' While we'd like to say he has a fighting chance in the run for the gig, he only has a handful of credits to his name -- 'Madea's Big Happy Family,' 'Horrible Bosses' and 'The Three Stooges,' to name a few. And we don't think we, at least, could take away the stigma being... you know... the "Old Spice Guy."

  • Brian Patrick Wade

    Up for: Drax the Destroyer

    And now for the third name allegedly up for the role of Drax in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'... Fans of 'The Big Bang Theory' know Wade as Penny's jealous and hulking ex-boyfriend, which makes him a good candidate for the position of Drax. In the comic book, the character's family is destroyed by Thanos, who we got a peek at in the post-credits scene of 'The Avengers.' To help him achieve revenge, a being known as Kronos transfers his soul into that of a stronger being, and perhaps Leonard's tormenter would do just fine for that. Though, his last big movie gig was in 2006's 'The Guardian.' You think he's too much of old news?

Keep tabs with us as we update you with the latest 'Guardians of the Galaxy' casting news! Who do you want to see join the team?
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