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WWE's Dave Bautista is your Drax the Destroyer for Guardians of the Galaxy

Mar. 15, 2013by:

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY has added a second cast member. THR has learned that WWE star and mixed martial artist Dave Bautista has agreed to play Drax the Destroyer in the sci-fi comic book movie. Jason Momoa, Isaiah Mustafa, and Patrick Wade were all in the running for Drax but in the end Marvel chose Bautista. He joins the previously cast Chris Pratt, who is playing Peter Quill/Star-Lord.

Dave Bautista wrestled under the ring name "Batista" for almost a decade for WWE before leaving the company in 2010. Since then he's tried his hand at MMA but he has also picked up some acting gigs like playing Brass Body in RZA's THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS and is also in the upcoming RIDDICK.

Drax the Destroyer is a powerful green alien body that contains the spirit of human Arthur Douglas. Drax was created by Thanos' father Mentor and his sole purpose in life is to kill Thanos. His powers include super human strength, stamina, durability, and senses. You can check out the character's full biography here.

I'm pretty disappointed Jason Momoa didn't get the part. Although professional wrestlers have had some success in films (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Hulk Hogan) most of them don't have a very good track record on the big screen...or the direct-to-video screen either. But Dave Bautista definitely looks the part (the dude is MASSIVE) and it's not like he needs acting chops on par with Christoph Waltz or Philip Seymour Hoffman for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

There's still three characters left to be cast from the Guardians team (giant tree-man Groot, assassin Gamora, and fan-favorite Rocket Raccoon) so be on the lookout for more updates on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY in the next couple of months.

Extra Tidbit: At least it's not John Cena, right?

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2:40PM on 03/18/2013
At least it's not The Great Khali
At least it's not The Great Khali
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4:17AM on 03/16/2013
There are so many actors in this world, why pick a terrible one? It's like picking a baseball player to play soccer.
There are so many actors in this world, why pick a terrible one? It's like picking a baseball player to play soccer.
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11:55PM on 03/15/2013
Marvel has disappointed me in the past (Iron Man 2) but they've yet to let me down. I have faith in Marvel Studios, which basically means, by this casting, I have faith that the Drax character will have minimal to no dialogue and will just be a (hopefully badass) physical brute.
Marvel has disappointed me in the past (Iron Man 2) but they've yet to let me down. I have faith in Marvel Studios, which basically means, by this casting, I have faith that the Drax character will have minimal to no dialogue and will just be a (hopefully badass) physical brute.
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8:19PM on 03/15/2013
My first impressions as a fan of the comic book are that he looks way too bulky and not nearly as cunning as Drax should be. My excitement levels for this movie just went from 100%-80% and my fear levels have risen from 0%-20%.
My first impressions as a fan of the comic book are that he looks way too bulky and not nearly as cunning as Drax should be. My excitement levels for this movie just went from 100%-80% and my fear levels have risen from 0%-20%.
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7:02PM on 03/15/2013

eh my hopes for this movie aren`t high

i wanted lee pace aka the pie maker from pushing daisies to play star lord not some former wb tv series pretty boy
i wanted lee pace aka the pie maker from pushing daisies to play star lord not some former wb tv series pretty boy
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6:36PM on 03/15/2013

Christ...

This guy was absolutely horrible in Man with the Iron Fists, I am now praying that his part will not require him to speak or emote, if so, this is gonna end poorly.
This guy was absolutely horrible in Man with the Iron Fists, I am now praying that his part will not require him to speak or emote, if so, this is gonna end poorly.
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5:23PM on 03/15/2013

Nope.

WWE is a soap opera, Guardians deserves better actors than c-list crap like this.
WWE is a soap opera, Guardians deserves better actors than c-list crap like this.
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4:49PM on 03/15/2013
I get the feeling this movie is gonna be in the C class of marvels movies which for me means I will see it when it comes out on dvd.
I get the feeling this movie is gonna be in the C class of marvels movies which for me means I will see it when it comes out on dvd.
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3:25PM on 03/15/2013
I was hoping for Momoa, too. Especially since the character does have such a deep connection with Thanos, it would have been cool to have someone with acting experience, especially if that experience is Game of Thrones. However, Marvel seems to know how to handle their shit so whatever decision they make, I bet its for the best.
I was hoping for Momoa, too. Especially since the character does have such a deep connection with Thanos, it would have been cool to have someone with acting experience, especially if that experience is Game of Thrones. However, Marvel seems to know how to handle their shit so whatever decision they make, I bet its for the best.
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1:52PM on 03/15/2013
Unless they plan on pulling a Silver Surfer and just have 'Bautista' do the body acting... and they really need to CG that face!
Unless they plan on pulling a Silver Surfer and just have 'Bautista' do the body acting... and they really need to CG that face!
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1:42PM on 03/15/2013
Wow, I don't think Mamoa was asking for that much, but casting Batista shows me that they are not taking that many chances on GotG. Not a good choice, IMO.
Wow, I don't think Mamoa was asking for that much, but casting Batista shows me that they are not taking that many chances on GotG. Not a good choice, IMO.
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12:23PM on 03/15/2013
If all the actor has to do is be big and fit there are probably a thousand actors who could play Drax. Casting Batista is proof of that. They should have listened to fans. It's clear, casting anyone that's a former fake ass wrestler with marginal acting abilities is not going to instill confidence in anyone, especially with a lead actor who has yet to prove himself as an action star(in my opinion). Pratt needs a strong supporting cast, not this.
If all the actor has to do is be big and fit there are probably a thousand actors who could play Drax. Casting Batista is proof of that. They should have listened to fans. It's clear, casting anyone that's a former fake ass wrestler with marginal acting abilities is not going to instill confidence in anyone, especially with a lead actor who has yet to prove himself as an action star(in my opinion). Pratt needs a strong supporting cast, not this.
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2:35PM on 03/15/2013
Agree. One step forward, two steps back.
Agree. One step forward, two steps back.
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12:05PM on 03/15/2013
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11:43AM on 03/15/2013
Didn't Momoa turn it down?

I feel like they could have done better than this for the part. He looks old.
Didn't Momoa turn it down?

I feel like they could have done better than this for the part. He looks old.
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10:55AM on 03/15/2013
I cant say Im actually interested in this movie ( never even heard of them till they announced the movie) but you cant go wrong with Jason Momoa so this would disappoint if I cared too much
I cant say Im actually interested in this movie ( never even heard of them till they announced the movie) but you cant go wrong with Jason Momoa so this would disappoint if I cared too much
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9:53AM on 03/15/2013
Jason Mamoa shoudl have gotten this. A little more depth to it. I mean not much is needed but some. Attaching a wrestler to something that has a talking racoon in it sounds like a trainwreck straight out of the 90's. I'll hold fire though cause haven't seen anything from the lad before. They just need to get Rocket racoon right and I'll be happy. And for him THEY NEED H.Jon Benjamin. Saw it rumoured ages ago and then the article promptly vanished but it's brilliance echoed.... Please make this
Jason Mamoa shoudl have gotten this. A little more depth to it. I mean not much is needed but some. Attaching a wrestler to something that has a talking racoon in it sounds like a trainwreck straight out of the 90's. I'll hold fire though cause haven't seen anything from the lad before. They just need to get Rocket racoon right and I'll be happy. And for him THEY NEED H.Jon Benjamin. Saw it rumoured ages ago and then the article promptly vanished but it's brilliance echoed.... Please make this happen. Somebody make a petition or something! I would actually have a seisure.
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8:24PM on 03/15/2013
YES! Jon H. Benjamin would be a perfect Rocket Raccoon!
YES! Jon H. Benjamin would be a perfect Rocket Raccoon!
9:52AM on 03/15/2013
Even if his acting abilities need to be worked on. A solid script and good director will iron out the kinks. This should still be a great movie.
Even if his acting abilities need to be worked on. A solid script and good director will iron out the kinks. This should still be a great movie.
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9:34AM on 03/15/2013
Josh Holloway, Timothy Olyphant, Willem DaFoe, or Jim Carrey for Rocket Racoon.
Josh Holloway, Timothy Olyphant, Willem DaFoe, or Jim Carrey for Rocket Racoon.
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4:10PM on 03/15/2013
thats the most random list I have ever read seriously
thats the most random list I have ever read seriously
9:30AM on 03/15/2013
Was hoping Jason Momoa got the role considering how badass he was on Game of Thrones. But Bautista must have given one hell of an audition to get the role. Physically he looks the part, I just hope for our sakes and for his character than he can act and bring depth to the film.
Was hoping Jason Momoa got the role considering how badass he was on Game of Thrones. But Bautista must have given one hell of an audition to get the role. Physically he looks the part, I just hope for our sakes and for his character than he can act and bring depth to the film.
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11:56AM on 03/15/2013
How was he badass on GOT? All he did was sit there and scowl. One poorly acted fight scene does not make someone a badass. Dumping gold on someone's head while his cronies hold him down does not equal badass but more of a punk bully. His role in GOT was meager and frankly disappointing.
How was he badass on GOT? All he did was sit there and scowl. One poorly acted fight scene does not make someone a badass. Dumping gold on someone's head while his cronies hold him down does not equal badass but more of a punk bully. His role in GOT was meager and frankly disappointing.
1:44PM on 03/15/2013
Too bad mass majority thought differently of his portrayal of Drago. To the point the character returned for a cameo in season 2.
Too bad mass majority thought differently of his portrayal of Drago. To the point the character returned for a cameo in season 2.
7:28PM on 03/15/2013
His character was easily a badass. So sad to see him die in the first season.
His character was easily a badass. So sad to see him die in the first season.
9:14AM on 03/15/2013

I can get on board

Not going to lie, I was excited when I heard Jason Momoa was going to take the part, as I knew exactly what to expect. I'm a little on the fence regarding Bautista as I've never seen anything he's acted in. That being said, if he's trying to make the jump into acting and as long as he brings the same motivation as Dwayne Johnson did (I still think he has potential to be the next big action star), I can get behind him in this role.
Not going to lie, I was excited when I heard Jason Momoa was going to take the part, as I knew exactly what to expect. I'm a little on the fence regarding Bautista as I've never seen anything he's acted in. That being said, if he's trying to make the jump into acting and as long as he brings the same motivation as Dwayne Johnson did (I still think he has potential to be the next big action star), I can get behind him in this role.
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9:09AM on 03/15/2013
I didn't want Jason Momoa to do it. Now I really wish he had. This is SO disappointing.
I didn't want Jason Momoa to do it. Now I really wish he had. This is SO disappointing.
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9:02AM on 03/15/2013
I was hoping for Jason Momoa though.
I was hoping for Jason Momoa though.
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9:01AM on 03/15/2013

Not a bad choice

Still kinda wish it was Momoa, but I think Bautista can pull it off, you dont have to be a great actor to play the part, and marvel has been pretty dead on with their choices so far, excited to see a preview sometime down the road
Still kinda wish it was Momoa, but I think Bautista can pull it off, you dont have to be a great actor to play the part, and marvel has been pretty dead on with their choices so far, excited to see a preview sometime down the road
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8:59AM on 03/15/2013

Is it weird...

that I really want Steve Buscemi to be the voice of Groot?
that I really want Steve Buscemi to be the voice of Groot?
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9:10AM on 03/15/2013
Nope. Not weird at all. I was actually thinking the same thing.
Nope. Not weird at all. I was actually thinking the same thing.
9:33AM on 03/15/2013
That would make for a very good choice.
That would make for a very good choice.
3:40PM on 03/15/2013
The only thing Groot says is "I am Groot." Casting anyone with name value would be a waste. You need a vet voice actor. Frank Welker or PEter Cullen
The only thing Groot says is "I am Groot." Casting anyone with name value would be a waste. You need a vet voice actor. Frank Welker or PEter Cullen
8:55AM on 03/15/2013

Hesittant at First

Ya know, when I first heard about this news, I was initially a bit hesitant. I mean, its Batista, from what I've seen he doesn't have the biggest acting chops.After thinking about it, I'm still disappointed that Momoa didn't go for it as it could have brought him into a new audience. I do feel though that Batista could do a decent job. He has a mixed martial arts background and could bring some much needed brutality to the role. I feel the same way as I do with Gina Carrano playing Wonder-Woman
Ya know, when I first heard about this news, I was initially a bit hesitant. I mean, its Batista, from what I've seen he doesn't have the biggest acting chops.After thinking about it, I'm still disappointed that Momoa didn't go for it as it could have brought him into a new audience. I do feel though that Batista could do a decent job. He has a mixed martial arts background and could bring some much needed brutality to the role. I feel the same way as I do with Gina Carrano playing Wonder-Woman as I feel that she would fit the role perfectly due to her intensity.
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8:55AM on 03/15/2013
He was pretty bad ass as Brass Body in the Man with the Iron Fists.
I'm ok with this.
He was pretty bad ass as Brass Body in the Man with the Iron Fists.
I'm ok with this.
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8:47AM on 03/15/2013

bet cha

Bet ya the after the credits teaser is Thanos talking world destruction to someone unknown only to reveal at the last second..... VINCENT K. MCMAHON! . (DUN DUN DUNNNNNNN)
Bet ya the after the credits teaser is Thanos talking world destruction to someone unknown only to reveal at the last second..... VINCENT K. MCMAHON! . (DUN DUN DUNNNNNNN)
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