Jason Momoa to star in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' (Photo: Chelsea Lauren/WireImage, Marvel Studios)
"Game of Thrones" continues its invasion of screen adaptations of Marvel Comics properties as Jason Momoa has been tapped to join the "Guardians of the Galaxy."
"Guardians," the undisputed hard-sell of Marvel's Phase Two films, is follows the adventures of American astronaut Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), the son of an alien father and human mother (read many Greek myths, Marvel writers?) who is reinvented as Star-Lord when he joins up with a team of strange (really strange) superheroes from another dimension: Drax the Destroyer, a slain human resurrected as a green warrior with the sole purpose of killing Thanos (the mystery character in the penultimate scene of "The Avengers"); Groot, a giant walking, talking tree; Rocket Raccoon, a genetically engineered animal with a love for loud weapons; and Gamora, the sole surviving member of the Zen Whoberi (you know, them) whose assassin abilities have earned her the title of The Deadliest Woman in the Universe.
We'll give you one guess as to which of these creatures Jason Momoa will be playing, according to a scoop by Latino Review (hint: it's not the tree or the raccoon or the girl).
Momoa is probably best known for his role as as Dothraki warrior Khal Drogo, who spent a good part of his tenure on "Game of Thrones" scowling and being taught how to have sex whilst actually facing his partner. He also played the title role in director Marcus Nispel's semi-amusing 2011 reboot of "Conan the Barbarian," where he often spiced up his scowling with the occasional smirk.
Momoa is the second "Game of Thrones" star to score a Marvel comic book movie this week, following Peter Dinklage joining the cast of Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (Marvel Films probably doesn't like this Fox property being referred to as a "Marvel movie," but you know what we mean). The "Game of Thrones" influence is felt behind the scenes as well, as frequent "GoT" director Alan Taylor is calling the shots on "Thor: The Dark World," which hits theaters on November 8.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" will hit theaters on August 1, 2014 as the final Phase Two Marvel film before "The Avengers" reunite in May 2015.