According to Deadline, that search has been narrowed down to a short list of five candidates for the coveted role the Marvel's Comics' interplanetary policeman:
(Pictured left to right) Joel Edgerton (Warrior, The Thing,) Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables, The Pillars of the Earth,) Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire, Eastwick,) Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas, The Way Back,) and Lee Pace (The Hobbit Trilogy, Pushing Daisies.)
Reportedly, the names of Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy, Eragon,) James Marden (X-Men Trilogy,Hairspray,) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom, 300: Rise of an Empire) are also in the mix.
Despite the huge wave of success that Marvel Studios is currently riding on the back of The Avengersand its related films, Guardians is still quite a risky project since it will focus on a title that could generously be classified as "c-list" as far as the comic book hierarchy goes. Thus, the casting of Peter Quill will be extremely critical for the film.
Quill was a trainee NASA astronaut who encounters an alien entity that reveals to him his half-alien parentage and a destiny to utilize his untapped cosmic powers to combat evil in the spaceways as Star-Lord. He would then form the Guardians of the Galaxy team.
As the film's human protagonist amongst a team of bizarre aliens, he could be the only real conduit through which casual audiences will bond. If he's not relatable, then you may as well stick a fork in the film.
Guardians of the Galaxy directed by James Gunn is set to go "Team America" on the cold realm of space on August 1, 2014.