Earlier this week, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was added to Marvel's short list of candidates to take on the lead role of Star-Lord in "Guardians of the Galaxy," but it turns out that he has company, as both John Krasinski and Michael Rosenbaum are also in contention for the role.
Rosenbaum, who spent much of the last decade in DC territory starring as Lex Luthor in "Smallville," announced on Twitter that he read for the part. Meanwhile, other reports indicate that Marvel is high on Krasinski, who was also once a candidate to take on the Captain America mantle.
This duo joins Gordon-Levitt, Jim Sturgess, and Zachari Levi on Marvel's ever-growing list of potential Star-Lords. Several other actors, including Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Lee Pace, and Eddie Redmayne, have also test-screened for the part.
Marvel is also busy searching for another key member of the Guardians in Dax the Destroyer. So far, their search has netted Isaiah Mustafa, Brian Patrick Wade, and Dave Bautista as candidates.
Mustafa is best known as the guy from the Old Spice commercials, while Bautista is a former WWE star turned actor (and was most recently seen in "The Man With the Iron Fists"). Wade is the most traditional actor among the trio, having appeared in a few films and television shows over the past few years.
Dax the Destroyer's presence is most intriguing since his character has a direct tie to Thanos, the godly antagonist briefly glimpsed at the end of "The Avengers." In the comics, Dax is the creation of a Titan god and only exists to eventually destroy Thanos.
Because of this, it 's easy to speculate that Thanos might actually appear in "Guardians of the Galaxy;" as the film will be the last Phase Two film released before "The Avengers 2," it wouldn't be too surprising to see the character at least introduced before the next crossover.
At any rate, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is set for release next August, so expect Marvel to lock in a cast fairly soon.