Now that Marvel has signed Chris Pratt to play Star-Lord in "Guardians of the Galaxy," it's working to nail down the part of fellow Guardians member Dax the Destroyer. The studio may have found its man, as multiple outlets report that Jason Momoa is in contention for the role.
According to Latino Review, negotiations have begun between the studio and the actor's representatives after Momoa flew out to London to screen test earlier in the week. Apparently, the audition went so well that it may have earned Momoa an offer; however, Borys Kit noted on Twitter that Momoa only tested but hasn't received an offer.
If Momoa does end up landing the gig, he will have beaten out Dave Batista, Isaiah Mustafa, and Brian Patrick, all of whom were rumored to be in the running at various points. Momoa is perhaps best known for his work on "Game of Thrones," but he also starred as the title character in 2011's "Conan the Barbarian" reboot. Most recently, he starred opposite of Sylvester Stallone in "Bullet to the Head."
Drax the Destroyer is a pivotal member of the Guardians, and his presence in this film might hint that Thanos will be involved in some capacity. In the comics, Drax was practically created by the Titans to oppose and eventually destroy Thanos, who is rumored to play a huge role throughout Marvel's second phase of films after his brief cameo at the end of "The Avengers."
In fact, some rumors have pegged Thanos to be the villain in "Guardians of the Galaxy" itself, but it seems likely that he'll pull double duty and be around for the next "Avengers" film as well.
With Marvel zeroing in on casting the Drax role, that leaves only one live-action Guardians member to be cast: Gamora, the film's female lead. Since the film is expected to go into production this summer, expect to hear some casting rumors for that role soon enough.