Marvel has been busy trying to secure its lead actor for "Guardians of the Galaxy" for the past couple of months, and the latest reports indicate that Joseph Gordon-Levitt may be in contention for the role of Star-Lord in James Gunn's adaptation.
Back in November, a shortlist emerged that included Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Lee Pace, Jim Sturgess and Eddie Redmayne; a more recent report had the list pared down to Sturgess, Zachary Levi, and an unnamed third actor.
As it turns out, the unnamed third man might be Gordon-Levitt; according to Deadline, Marvel has added the actor to its list of candidates. Deadline's report goes on to note that Gordon-Levitt hasn't been officially offered the role, but he is "in the mix." Whereas other candidates have inked "test deals," it's not known if there have been any formal discussions with Gordon-Levitt and his representatives.
Gordon-Levitt would potentially play Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, the leader of the titular Guardians, a group of super-heroes who hail from an alternate future dimension. A half-human, half alien, Quill assumes the guise of Star-Lord, a master strategist who deals in all sorts of neat gadgets, including his "psychically-linked ship."
Gordon-Levitt's potential involvement certainly presents an interesting wrinkle in the comic book film landscape; a few months back, rumors persisted that he would assume the role of Batman in WB's "Justice League" film (seemingly taking a cue from the end of "The Dark Knight Rises"). The actor's representatives quickly denied these reports, and this latest rumor clouds that possibility.
Were Gordon-Levitt to appear in "Guardians of the Galaxy," it would be a shrewd power play by Marvel to possibly keep the actor from reprising his role if that's indeed what WB and DC have in mind. Perhaps they don't, though, and it's just a coincidental move.
Either way, "Guardians of the Galaxy" would benefit from Gordon-Levitt's involvement since it's arguably the strangest and most inaccessible property Marvel has brought to the big screen so far.
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