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 comes to theaters 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.