Joseph Gordon-Levitt could be turning in his Bat-cape for a go with Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy.
According to Deadline.com, Gordon-Levitt’s name has been added to a list of actors on the short list to play Star-Lord in director James Gunn’s adaptation of the Marvel comic book.
Other actors in contention include Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (The Hobbit) and Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables).
Gordon-Levitt, who appeared in Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, was rumoured to be doing a cameo as Batman in this year’s Man of Steel before taking over the part from Christian Bale in DC Comics’ upcoming Justice League film. (His reps later denied he’d be appearing in the upcoming Superman reboot.)
If Gordon-Levitt lands the role, it wouldn’t be the first time an actor has played in both the Marvel and DC world. Ryan Reynolds had roles in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (as Deadpool), Blade (as Hannibal King) and Green Lantern. He’ll also star in R.I.P.D later this year, which is based on a Dark Horse comic.
The Guardians Of The Galaxy are a galactic superhero team (which includes a raccoon) that made their debut in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 in 1969. They got their own monthly series in 2008.
Their leader, Star-Lord, heads up a group of aliens who protect the universe. Thanos, who appears at the end of The Avengers, will be the villain in the Guardians and may have a role in The Avengers 2.
The Guardians have a long history with Marvel, appearing with Thor in 1977 and a 10-issue arc of The Avengers in 1978.
Whomever plays Star-Lord would most likely appear in some capacity in Joss Whedon’s Avengers sequel and future spin-offs. So if it’s JGL, we expect he’ll be a busy boy over the next few years.
Guardians Of The Galaxy is scheduled to hit theatres August 1, 2014.
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