‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Passes on Jason Momoa, Wants Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer

Jason Momoa was reportedly holding out for a better deal, so Marvel is now going after someone that is a little cheaper.

Marvel wants Dave Bautista to play Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel wants Dave Bautista to play Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel executives are meeting with Dave Bautista this week. The WWE Superstar is being eyed for the role of Drax the Destroyer in their superhero ensemble Guardians of the Galaxy.

Jason Momoa was previously believed to have the role, with the actor in serious talks with the studio. Insiders claim the actor was holding out for a better deal. Marvel, a studio that is notorious for its penny-pinching ways, is not willing to move on that deal, and are now set to go with someone in a cheaper price range, with Dave Bautista fitting that role nicely.

Isaiah Mustafa and Brian Patrick were also contenders for the role of Drax, but Marvel's top two choices have always been Dave Bautista and Jason Momoa. No offer has been made to Dave Bautista yet, but if his trip this week is successful, expect to hear confirmation soon.

Drax the Destroyer made his comic book debut in a 1973 issue of Iron Man. Born as human Arthur Douglas, his parents were murdered by the villainous Thanos. Arthur's spirit was given a powerful new body by Kronos, resulting in the creation of Drax the Destroyer. The character became one of the Guardians of the Galaxy during Marvel's 2004 relaunch of the title.

James Gunn is directing from his own screenplay, although it still isn't known when production may begin. Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation, Zero Dark Thirty) is the only confirmed cast member as Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord.

Dave Bautista was last seen in The Man with the Iron Fists, and stars in the upcoming sci-fi sequel Riddick alongside Vin Diesel.

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: Latino Review

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  1. Josh

    @thebd Durand is a good actor. He was actually already in the Wolverine movie, but like Marvel showed with Chris Evans, they're not opposed to casting someone who a previous studio already used in a Marvel movie. That's a smart choice, and probably better than who they're considering.

    But if they're following the comics, it's possible Drax will be killed off in this movie and won't have a large speaking role. It's also possible they could have a different actor dub the lines than the one who gives the physical performance, like they did with Doug Jones and Laurence Fishburne in Rise of the Silver Surfer.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  2. Brizzy


    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  3. Brainiac

    @shuabert he is muscle, but like wolverine in space muscle. he has to be able to say dialogue well and be believable. he isn't just dumb muscle.

    2 years agoby @thebdFlag

  4. Brainiac

    I think someone like Kevin Durand would be a good fit, we was in Lost toward the end of the show and Legion as the bad guy angel, although that movie sucked.

    anyway he is a big guy who can act, and if he just bulked up a bit like @narrator was saying, he would be perfect i think.

    plus he wouldn't be as expensive as other ppl who would be good for the role, like say Tom Hardy, because Durand isn't a household name or a leading man yet.

    2 years agoby @thebdFlag

  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @narrator Like with Hemsworth. A skinny athletic looking man in Star trek and turned into an Olympian for Thor.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  6. Josh

    I don't know how much acting the person playing Drax will have to do. He seems like a character who will be the muscle, and not have many lines. But then, I haven't actually read any GotG comics, so I could be way off.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  7. JMP

    I know a lot of people are not happy about it but lets give him a chance besides you all should blame it on Momoa for dropping the roll over for money

    2 years agoby @jmpFlag

  8. Rudy

    I don't care if he has the muscles, it's his acting skills that matter. If he can't pull it off, then this is gonna turn out to be sh*t. Marvel is just thinking about the money-side of things so far and not if the actors will be good enough to be the characters they'll be set to portray and that might turn out to be this movies' downfall.

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  9. WongFu

    these two maybe mindless brutes, savages but I like Jason.
    Is he right for this part - no- but neither is the ex-wrestler.
    I'm an unknown - put me on a diet and all, and I would make sure I get into the character.
    However Hollywood is becoming a giant ugly joke. Most of the directors are too scarred to envision their art and are told what to do.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  10. the Narrator

    @TheObserver Lol. No problem, man.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  11. TheObserver

    @narrator I see , makes perfect sense now and I couldnt agree more thank you sir for taking the time .

    2 years agoby @TheObserverFlag

  12. ejk1

    @justice-kowaleski The most bad ass character? I like Drogo, but come on, the dude was killed by a scratch.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  13. the Narrator

    @TheObserver Lolol! Oh, God! I totally see how you misunderstood my previous comment. Allow me to elaborate, please.

    I meant to imply that the people they're looking at for the role of Drax (Momoa, Batista, brutes in general) are definitely the people I wouldn't want anywhere near this project. It's easy to find a fit but talented actor, put him on an intense diet and training regimen, and have him bulk up appropriately. Not to the lengths of Bane, because Drax isn't all that bulky, but to the point of being a very fit person. Instead of focusing on the acting aspect, they're looking only at the aesthetics that these "actors" bring to the table, and I hate it.

    In essence, I dislike both Momoa and Batista for the role of Drax... or almost any role for that matter.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  14. Sean

    @thesymbiote Good idea. The Rock should get this role.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  15. Justice Kowaleski

    I dont see why you guys are hating on Momoa I like him personally The new Conan was pretty entertaining and He is Khal Drogo the most bad ass fantasy character in a show or book series. so I say let him be drax im kinda sad they let go of trying to get him

    2 years agoby @justice-kowaleskiFlag

  16. ejk1

    @thesymbiote Why would anyone take less money?

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  17. TheObserver

    @narrator Talent ?....I dunno that's kind of a stretch and I like momoa...

    2 years agoby @TheObserverFlag

  18. TheObserver

    IF this is true....Well Jason you don't spit on a role like that.... especially at a point where your carreer really need it and would greatly benefit from it...god...

    2 years agoby @TheObserverFlag

  19. the Narrator

    This is by far one of the dumbest things they could do - taking testosterone over talent; physicality over performance. I thought James Gunn, Kevin Fiege, and whomever has a say in these decisions would be smarter than this. If this casting rumor proves true, that's obviously not the case, and my faith in this GotG adaption will falter severely.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  20. TheSymbiote

    @ejk1 he might, i mean he's getting paid by WWE and he has 5 movies being released this year! I doubt he needs the money.

    2 years agoby @thesymbioteFlag

  21. TheDude1

    Bautista is a former WWE superstar. While he is not a great actor in any sense his movies are usually enjoyable fun. So I'm for this.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  22. ROFLitschristian

    Why is Marvel so Jewish? They're movies make millions, especially in the wake of Avengers. Bautista will take it in an instant, no doubt. Marvel can do better than this.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  23. ejk1

    @thesymbiote Because Dwayne will happily take a pay cut, right?

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  24. TheSymbiote

    Just give it to The Rock dammit!

    2 years agoby @thesymbioteFlag

  25. Adamsandlerfggot69

    Pretty dumb move if you ask me. Bautista seems like a nice enough guy, but I can't see him as a major character like this. And is it just me or is one of his biceps disproportional to the other? It's distracting.

    2 years agoby @adamsandlerfggot69Flag

  26. CUPID


    2 years agoby @cupidFlag

  27. supermanvenom

    @corey Like i said i like him. What you guys seem to forget he's an action star. Look how bad acting is with a lot of the action stars lol

    2 years agoby @supermanvenomFlag

  28. Corey W.

    @supermanvenom He's horrible. Have you seen Conan? He might look like an ass kicker, but he still sucks.

    I'm not saying Bauista doesn't suck either, but at least he looks more like the character.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  29. Christopher Lino

    Dear Mr. Mamoa,
    Your stint on Game of Thrones is over.
    Your remake of Conan the Barbarian was "meh" at best
    You were in Bullet to the Head - so yeah.
    Holding on a Marvel franchise... No so smart.

    2 years agoby @christopher-linoFlag

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