‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Eyes Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Star-Lord

Jim Sturgess and Zachary Levi were previously considered as the two finalists for this role in Marvel’s Phase II superhero ensemble.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in contention to play Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in contention to play Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been added as another contender for the Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord) role in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Dark Knight Rises star was not among the actors who signed testing deals for the part in November, which included Joel Edgerton, Jim Sturgess, Jack Huston, Lee Pace, and Eddie Redmayne. We reported last month that Jim Sturgess and Chuck star Zachary Levi were the front runners for the role.

Peter Quill is a NASA astronaut who learns that his true father is actually an alien, which leads him on a journey into outer space. With a sentient space ship, he becomes the Star-Lord, an intergalactic cop who serves as the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

James Gunn is directing from his own screenplay. It isn't known when production may begin.

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: Deadline

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  1. Corey W.

    His name is going to be huge in just a matter of time. His name is already being thrown around now (in a good way), but I mean in the ranks of some of the best. Wonderful young star with a bright future ahead.

    Hope he gets cast here.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  2. Geekster

    I would like to see Jim Sturgess co star

    2 years agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag

  3. phatalphd

    I like him...lets make it happen!

    2 years agoby @phatalphdFlag

  4. ejk1

    @bawnian-dexeus Not an origin. For the love of God and anything anyone holds holy, not an origin. For my money, a Negative Zone tale introducing Annihilus would be great.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 Hmm, good point. At this point, what story can they use?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  6. ejk1

    @bawnian-dexeus I don't think so. Ioan Gruffudd was 32 when he played Reed in FF, and JGL will be 32 this year. The age wasn't the factor, but then again Gruffudd's not a bad actor, either. Those films were plagued by lazy writing. So really, the big question is whether Fox will get capable writers or not.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 Wouldn't he be a bit, young for Richards?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  8. Talking-Dead

    @ejk1 I agree. JGL as DD would be great.

    2 years agoby @Talking-DeadFlag

  9. Josh

    Other than Edgerton, this is the best name I've heard for the role. There are certainly better characters they could give Levitt, but I'd just be excited to see him make his way into the MCU. They're probably looking for a bigger name to headline GotG because it's a lesser known property, and Levitt is a huge star right now after Inception, TDKR, and Looper.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  10. Sean


    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. Daniel Cantu

    @Roberto-Mata Yes I also see him better as Ant-Man, but it probably won't happen.

    2 years agoby @Deadpoolx11Flag

  12. ROFLitschristian

    @skywise I'm actually on the same page. Nothing against him, the man has delivered nothing but greatness most of his career. But something about this role seems too... distant for him?

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  13. skywise

    I have quickly become a huge fan of JGL but I just dont see him for this role.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  14. Daniel Cantu

    Would be great if he is in but it probably won't happen.

    2 years agoby @Deadpoolx11Flag

  15. Equialuv


    2 years agoby @equialuvFlag

  16. ejk1

    I say no, not because I don't think JGL couldn't pull it off, or wouldn't want to do the role. I just feel that someone of his caliber should be in line for a more important role in the Marvel U. I mean, wouldn't he be better as DD, as the star of his own franchise, or as Reed Richards if he was going to be part of an ensemble (and yeah, I know Fox has the FF rights, but if they want people to take the reboot seriously, they should find serious actors).

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  17. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus Lol. Well, this I chalk up to wishful thinking, but who knows? He did play Robin, after all :P

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  18. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides Your ability to see the future. Teach me master, of the secrets XD

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  19. thedude-abides

    never gonna happen

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  20. WongFu

    hope he gets in

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  21. justatadmatt

    If JGL gets involved in the Marvel Universe at all, I'm all for it...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  22. JMP

    yes please

    2 years agoby @jmpFlag

  23. Roberto Mata

    He will fit the role, no doubt, but I see him as Ant-Man...

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  24. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Heh, that'd be a surprise.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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