The studio's Phase II ensemble will be shot at Shepperton Studios in London, which is where a bulk of Thor: The Dark World was shot. Other upcoming movies such as Maleficent and Jack Ryan have shot in the London studio, with The Muppets 2 slated to start production there later this year.
James Gunn is directing from his own screenplay. Nicole Perlman wrote the original draft. The production is currently focusing on casting, with a number of actors up for the Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord) role. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zachary Levi, and Jim Sturgess have all read for the part, but no announcement has been made yet. The story follows Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora as they dispense justice throughout the galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy comes to theaters August 1st, 2014 and stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Ophelia Lovibond, Lee Pace, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan. The film is directed by James Gunn.