So far, Marvel has managed to think way outside of the box with its upcoming adaptation of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. That line of contemplation may continue if a hiring rumor we’re hearing comes to pass.
Latino Review, which has solid plants deep in the Marvel machine, reports that Marvel is looking at two mega-profile comedians to join the ensemble, and dropped the names Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler as those being considered. The site didn’t know what roles that they’d be vying for, just that the movie needed “comic relief,” and the schedules of those two actors were being checked. Maybe they would voice Rocket Raccoon?
In the same piece, LR adds a few names to the short list of actors being considered for Peter Quill, the half-human, half-alien law-enforcement agent who leads the Guardians under the guise of Star-Lord. Review says that its sources confirm that Wes Bentley, Chris Lowell and Cam Gigandet are in the mix for the part, but that no offers have been made at the moment.
Guardians is an unconventional comic-book property, and Marvel is approaching it with a little more freewheeling daring-do than they have, say, a traditional Iron Man or Thor movie. Hiring Super director James Gunn, for instance, was a bold step in a fresh direction, which is why I’m keeping a very open mind to the possibility of Sandler in a Marvel movie … no matter the role. Carrey, on the other hand, is playing a superhero (of sorts) in Kick-Ass 2, has played a villain in a Batman movie, and already seems like a better fit for a bigger-budget Marvel movie than Sandler, who has never sniffed an action-driven tentpole movie.
All of this is tentative, and a lot more blocks have to fall into place before Guardians of the Galaxy drops in theaters. But for the time being, what do you think of this casting rumor?
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