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Zachary Levi and Jim Sturgess are battling it out before the holidays to win the lead role in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy

12.21.2012

Before the holidays officially kick off, there's a matter to settle.

Zachary Levi and Jim Sturgess must battle to the death for the lead role of Peter Quill in James Gunn's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Okay, maybe they aren't battling to the death, but they are going head to head for the role. Who will be the best? According to Variety's sources, Levi may have the edge.

Since he's filled the shoes of Fandral, one of the Warriors Three in THOR: THE DARK WORLD, Marvel thinks that the actor has a lot of potential to hold his own as the lead. Sturgess has already lead the way in films like ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and 21, take that for whatever. I like both guys, but think that Levi might be a better fit.

Here's a little background on the character: Better known as Star-Lord, Quill is the son of a human mother and alien father. A charming troublemaker who serves as an interplanetary policeman, Quill leads a rag-tag group of superheroes (Drax the Destroyer, a raccoon named Rocket and a sword-wielding woman named Gamora) in an effort to protect the solar system from an evil alien race.

Before we settle on one of these guys playing the role, take note that Variety's sources claim that it is possible that a third unnamed actor may test as well. Will it be one of Gunn's familiars? No clue. I guess we will find out sometime after the New Year.

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9:23PM on 12/21/2012

The best choice

Is obviously LEE PACE!
Is obviously LEE PACE!
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9:16PM on 12/21/2012
methinks Lee Pace has more personality than those two
methinks Lee Pace has more personality than those two
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9:29PM on 12/21/2012

question

isnt levi the new frandal?
isnt levi the new frandal?
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10:13PM on 12/21/2012
Oh yea, thats weird
Oh yea, thats weird
4:46AM on 12/22/2012
Wait... Levi is already playing a marvel character? Uhh i don't know how I feel about him getting the role then. If he does get it, than I see no problem for Idris Elba for Black Panther, if that ever comes. since, playing a minor marvel character isn't a concern.
Wait... Levi is already playing a marvel character? Uhh i don't know how I feel about him getting the role then. If he does get it, than I see no problem for Idris Elba for Black Panther, if that ever comes. since, playing a minor marvel character isn't a concern.
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11:35PM on 12/21/2012
Well I certainly don't see Levi getting the role since he's already going to exist in the universe as Fandral. But, I guess I'd rather see him than Sturgess get it.
Well I certainly don't see Levi getting the role since he's already going to exist in the universe as Fandral. But, I guess I'd rather see him than Sturgess get it.
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12:49AM on 12/22/2012

i don`t like this

what happened to lee pace from pushing Daisies being in the running for star lord ya know what i don`t care until i hear an official announcement this isn`t true
what happened to lee pace from pushing Daisies being in the running for star lord ya know what i don`t care until i hear an official announcement this isn`t true
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10:26AM on 12/22/2012
He was just auditioning. But he could also be the unnamed third actor.
He was just auditioning. But he could also be the unnamed third actor.
12:40PM on 12/23/2012
I hope so! He's had a ton of small parts (Hobbit, Twilight, Lincoln) as of recent, so I hope he gets a chance to finally lead a movie!
I hope so! He's had a ton of small parts (Hobbit, Twilight, Lincoln) as of recent, so I hope he gets a chance to finally lead a movie!
10:23PM on 12/21/2012

No

I don't like either choices. What happened with Joel Edgerton or Jack Houston? They are much better charismatic actors and choices that the two guys mentioned above. There's just something about Levi that pisses me off and if he is indeed cast as the lead then my expectations for this film will be low. There are so many other better actors and choices out there. I mean what happened to Lee Pace? He would be great.
I don't like either choices. What happened with Joel Edgerton or Jack Houston? They are much better charismatic actors and choices that the two guys mentioned above. There's just something about Levi that pisses me off and if he is indeed cast as the lead then my expectations for this film will be low. There are so many other better actors and choices out there. I mean what happened to Lee Pace? He would be great.
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8:56PM on 12/21/2012
don't forget GROOT!
don't forget GROOT!
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4:21PM on 12/22/2012
My suggestion for Groot's voice? Garrison Keillor
My suggestion for Groot's voice? Garrison Keillor
6:23PM on 12/22/2012

I know it's been said before...but i'm gonna say it again...

"...it is possible that a third unnamed actor may test as well. Will it be one of Gunn's familiars?"

Nathan Fillion...'nuff said!
"...it is possible that a third unnamed actor may test as well. Will it be one of Gunn's familiars?"

Nathan Fillion...'nuff said!
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1:32PM on 12/22/2012
What??? Jack Huston, please! Funny though, my girls have had us play Tangled so many times, I can only picture Levi as the swashbuckling rogue type anymore and think he'd be great. But then I learned in this very thread that he's in Thor 2 and now I don't want him in the part . . .
What??? Jack Huston, please! Funny though, my girls have had us play Tangled so many times, I can only picture Levi as the swashbuckling rogue type anymore and think he'd be great. But then I learned in this very thread that he's in Thor 2 and now I don't want him in the part . . .
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8:12AM on 12/22/2012

Levi should get it, he looks more like a man...

Oddly enough I wasn't a fan of Chuck and he is already playing someone in Thor2 but if its coming down to these guys then it should be Levi. Sturgess doesn't look like the superhero type, he is too small and scrawny and would only be there for the twilight girls. Sturgess may even be a better actor but he doesn't have what it takes to be molded into Star-Lord.
Oddly enough I wasn't a fan of Chuck and he is already playing someone in Thor2 but if its coming down to these guys then it should be Levi. Sturgess doesn't look like the superhero type, he is too small and scrawny and would only be there for the twilight girls. Sturgess may even be a better actor but he doesn't have what it takes to be molded into Star-Lord.
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6:01AM on 12/22/2012
Don't say anything against Jim Sturgess if you haven't seen him in Cloud Atlas!
He has a real (action) star potential!
Don't say anything against Jim Sturgess if you haven't seen him in Cloud Atlas!
He has a real (action) star potential!
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10:40PM on 12/21/2012

Hmmmm...

I think Sturgess is the superior actor, but physically Levi fits the iconic superhero mold better.
Personally, I'd like to see an unknown in the roll, but that ain't gonna happen.
Levi it is.
I think Sturgess is the superior actor, but physically Levi fits the iconic superhero mold better.
Personally, I'd like to see an unknown in the roll, but that ain't gonna happen.
Levi it is.
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9:09PM on 12/21/2012
Meh. Neither of these choices are really too exciting. I'd guess I'd prefer Sturgess. I mean you can't hold 21 against Sturgess and not hold Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Fucking Squeakquel against Levi.
Meh. Neither of these choices are really too exciting. I'd guess I'd prefer Sturgess. I mean you can't hold 21 against Sturgess and not hold Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Fucking Squeakquel against Levi.
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12:39PM on 12/23/2012
Well seeing as how he is now in Thor 2....it just wouldn't be smart to have Zachary Levi playing two characters in the same cinematic universe. Chris Evans becoming Captain America was fine because the Fantastic Four movies were all Fox's abominations. I mean what if Thor's characters ever crossed over with Guardians of the Galaxy? Even if they didn't, people who weren't into comics would probably wonder why Thor's friend was leading the Guardians.
Well seeing as how he is now in Thor 2....it just wouldn't be smart to have Zachary Levi playing two characters in the same cinematic universe. Chris Evans becoming Captain America was fine because the Fantastic Four movies were all Fox's abominations. I mean what if Thor's characters ever crossed over with Guardians of the Galaxy? Even if they didn't, people who weren't into comics would probably wonder why Thor's friend was leading the Guardians.
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11:57AM on 12/22/2012

Levi, if only because I'm a big fan of Chuck...BUT

Levi IS going to be in Thor 2, so logically speaking, its just conflicting, I would prefer him in a central role than a side role, but that happened first, so what can you do? Go for the next best choice. (but please, no recasting YET AGAIN.)
Levi IS going to be in Thor 2, so logically speaking, its just conflicting, I would prefer him in a central role than a side role, but that happened first, so what can you do? Go for the next best choice. (but please, no recasting YET AGAIN.)
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10:15PM on 12/21/2012
Of the 2, definitely Levi. I dont really like Sturgess to begin with to be honest. I think Levi does the common man vs uncommon things pretty well. But he would be much better as Nova than Star-Lord.
Of the 2, definitely Levi. I dont really like Sturgess to begin with to be honest. I think Levi does the common man vs uncommon things pretty well. But he would be much better as Nova than Star-Lord.
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10:33PM on 12/22/2012
Sturgess gets my vote.
Sturgess gets my vote.
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12:32AM on 12/22/2012
Maybe they'll do what Sony did with the Harry Osborn role and have these names out there and then announce someone completely different. Marvel has a heck of a casting department so I know they'll choose the right person for each role.
Maybe they'll do what Sony did with the Harry Osborn role and have these names out there and then announce someone completely different. Marvel has a heck of a casting department so I know they'll choose the right person for each role.
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6:45PM on 12/22/2012

@NeoAnakinPotter for suggesting Fillion....

Even though his name throwing in EVERYTHING is starting to be taken less seriously by everyone nowadays, I have to say to that: Fillion DIDN'T actually get any big role yet. And this one or that, he NEEDS to be in a comicbook movie. So, yeah. I'm 100% in!
Even though his name throwing in EVERYTHING is starting to be taken less seriously by everyone nowadays, I have to say to that: Fillion DIDN'T actually get any big role yet. And this one or that, he NEEDS to be in a comicbook movie. So, yeah. I'm 100% in!
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12:13AM on 12/23/2012

So, like...are the Guardians a big deal in the comics or something?

Because they strike me as the Avengers B-team, and I'm not entirely sure why I should be excited about that
Because they strike me as the Avengers B-team, and I'm not entirely sure why I should be excited about that
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