Dave Bautista Confirmed as Drax the Destroyer in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’!

‘The Man With the Iron Fists’ star joins Chris Pratt in this Marvel Phase II sequel, written and directed by James Gunn.

Dave Bautista confirmed to play Drax the Destroyer in Guradians of the Galaxy
Dave Bautista confirmed to play Drax the Destroyer in Guradians of the Galaxy
Actor Dave Bautista (The Man with the Iron Fists) has officially finalized his deal to portray Drax the Destroyer in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, just days after we reported he was the front runner for the role.

Jason Momoa was previously in talks to take on the part, although he reportedly was holding out for a better deal from the studio. Isaiah Mustafa and Brian Patrick were also in contention for the role, although Marvel's top two choices were always Dave Bautista and Jason Momoa.

Chris Pratt is the only other confirmed cast member thus far. He plays Peter Quill, a.k.a. The Star-Lord in this superhero ensemble. Dave Bautista's Drax the Destroyer was born as the human Arthur Phillips, who was given a powerful new body and spirit by Kronos after Arthur's family was murdered by the nefarious Thanos. His powers include super-human strength and the ability to emit energy blasts.

James Gunn is directing from his own screenplay. It isn't known when shooting will begin on this Marvel Phase II sequel. Dave Bautista can next be seen in Vin Diesel's upcoming action sequel Riddick.

Guardians of the Galaxy was released August 1st, 2014 and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan. The film is directed by James Gunn.

Sources: Heat Vision Blog

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  1. Fraffodin Hachibi Fanel

    "I lash out and when I lash out people (and titans alike) get hurt!" I will love this movie **

    2 years agoby @Fraffodin-Hachibi-FanelFlag

  2. The_Crow2k

    Ok, that's a...huh... really an odd choice.

    2 years agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  3. supermanvenom

    @Joshua-Hollaway Bautista is way bigger then the rock. Rock has gotten pretty big but never as big as him.

    2 years agoby @supermanvenomFlag

  4. moviemouse

    rely? out of all the actors they could of chose they go with a wrestler? how could Momoa be so stupid to turn this down

    2 years agoby @moviemouseFlag

  5. Brizzy

    F*cking hell... He better be good.

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  6. JMP

    I never like Momoa anyway I mean iIthought I did ever sense he played the new Conan but forget about him and lets all give Batista a chance.

    2 years agoby @jmpFlag

  7. TheObserver

    Attracting wwe fans?....That's a bit of a stretch, Marvel doesnt need that... I guess we'll never know..

    2 years agoby @TheObserverFlag

  8. ROFLitschristian

    @thebd No, my mistake. I should have worded that better. I feel like this is more of a $$$ choice for Disney than a quality choice. Bautista is still a very popular wrestler, and people will haul in to see this one just because he's in it. Smart move on Bautista's part & Disney too, but I don't think it was the best option.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  9. Brainiac

    @ROFLitschristian are u saying that this is a bad move on Batista's part? like he could get in better movies, but he picked this movie for the money?

    2 years agoby @thebdFlag

  10. Josh

    @Joshua-Hollaway Because The Rock would be way more expensive than Jason Mamoa. They went the same route they've gone with everyone in the Marvel franchise films so far, picking actors that aren't big names or are at a slow place in their careers so they can get them cheap and turn them into stars.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  11. Raoul Duke


    2 years agoby @raoulduke33Flag

  12. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    I've never even heard of this guy before. :-P

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  13. ejk1

    What's stupid is the idea or excuse that Marvel MUST penny-pinch.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  14. Sean

    I'm not sure about this. I would of wanted to see Jason Momoa or dwayne johnson cast as the Destroyer instead.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  15. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Ah well. Not much we can do now. I'll be reading up on the new Guardian's book coming out soon...sooooooo

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  16. zeus

    Im very happy for Batista, since following his career in the wwe and b rate movies including the disappointing Man with the iron fists(i dont know what you guys thought of that movie, but really, didnt you think Rza should had just stayed behind the camera), i wish him luck in this role. Get in there Animal!!

    2 years agoby @zeusFlag

  17. ROFLitschristian

    Eeeeeehhhhhhh, I'll keep an open mind. I don't have anything against Batista, but this definitely seems more like a $$$ choice than a quality film choice.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  18. Roberto Mata

    @skywise That makes two of Us. He has a strong physical presence. but I'm more worried about the performance as a character. He was in a episode of Smallville, and was terrible in it, with just a few words: "I will kill you Kal-El" or something like that, and it make him seem like a cartoon character.

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  19. the Narrator

    Sh*tty casting choice, no matter how much one may choose to butter it up.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  20. Joshua Hollaway

    Wow...Just Wow...why not cast Dwayne Johnson if your going to go this route..better actor..same physique

    2 years agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  21. John M

    I know some people will be against this, but I like it. Now I've never read the comics or know much about the characters, but Dave Bautista is well build for the character and a charismatic guy. He's by no means a good actor, but he is a least decent. I've seen far worse Hollywood trained actors than Bautista. At least give the guy a chance.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  22. the MovieGhost

    I have no good feelings about this.

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  23. Daniel Cantu

    Hmmm, even though it's exciting to know that another actor can be added to the cast list, I am not sure how I feel about Dave Bautista yet.

    2 years agoby @Deadpoolx11Flag

  24. skywise

    I just dont know how I feel about this.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

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