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New Guardians Of The Galaxy Rumor Says Isaiah Mustafa Could Play Drax The Destroyer

For the past few weeks we've been following the casting process for Marvel Studios' upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. But while we've heard about a number of actors testing for the role of Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star Lord, there hasn't been a single development regarding any other member of the team. But now it looks as though that tide may be turning as new rumors have surfaced surrounding the part of Drax The Destroyer.

Comic Book Movie, which has a very hit or miss record with these kinds of scoops, has reportedly learned from a "source very close to production" that Marvel is currently looking at Isaiah Mustafa (those viral Old Spice commercials), Dave Bautista (The Man With The Iron Fists, and Brian Patrick Wade Generation Kill) as possible selections for the part of the Guardians' resident green warrior. It's interesting that Mustafa is mentioned, as just a few years ago he was being given the tour around Marvel HQ, but doesn't necessarily mean that the story is true.

In the comics Drax was originally a human named Arthur Douglas, but he died when he and his family were attacked by the evil Thanos (the big purple dude in the credits of The Avengers). Needing someone to fight off the Mad Titan, an entity called Kronos brought Arthur's spirit back to life and put it in a much more powerful body. The character is an extremely skilled fighter (particularly with a blade) and also has powers of psychic detection.

But Mustafa isn't the only actor whose name could be getting resurrected at Marvel. The same source adds that The Office's John Krasinski, who was long rumored for the part of Captain America before losing out to Chris Evans, is among the aforementioned number of actors trying to land the role of Star-Lord. So when you're trying to think of all the actors being considered for the lead in Guardians of the Galaxy you can include Krasinski's name along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zachary Levi, Jim Sturgess, Michael Rosenbaum, Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Lee Pace, Eddie Redmayne, Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden and Sullivan Stapleton.

Guardians of the Galaxy is being written and directed by James Gunn and will be in theaters August 1, 2014. For more about the movie head to our Blend Film Database.

Eric Eisenberg

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