Guardians Of The Galaxy Lead Could Go To Zachary Levi Or Jim Sturgess

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About a month ago it was said that Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace, Eddie Redmayne, Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden and Sullivan Stapleton were all being tested by Marvel Studios for the lead role in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, but apparently they've been keeping extremely busy over at headquarters because that list has shrunk significantly. With the holiday weekend quickly approaching, it's being reported that the role of Star-Lord in the upcoming galactic comic book movie will go to either Sturgess or surprise contestant Zachary Levi.

Variety has the initial report, but there is something rather strange about it: Levi already has a part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In Thor: The Dark World the Chuck star will be playing Fandral, as actor Joshua Dallas wasn't able to reprise his role from the first movie. The trade notes that Marvel has had its eye on Levi for a while now - he was actually the original choice for Fandral before scheduling conflicts got in the way - but makes no mention of the conflict that's caused by having two characters look exactly the same within the same universe without being related in any way.

Whether it's Sturgess or Levi playing the part, Star Lord will be portrayed to be the son of an alien and a human who takes to the stars to become an intergalactic policeman. In the process he joins up with four others, Rocket Raccoon (a talking racoon), Groot (a talking tree), Drax The Destroyer (a green warrior who wants revenge against Thanos), and Gamora (an alien who was actually trained by Thanos), and they form the Guardians of the Galaxy. James Gunn is writing and directing the film, which will be in theaters August 1, 2014.

So who would you prefer to see play Peter Quill a.k.a Star Lord? Let us know in the comments below.

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