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Actors And Actresses Who Were Almost The Cast Of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’

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For all those who didn’t know, Guardians of the Galaxy was a bit of a dice-roll. James Gunn was hired to direct it at a time where every superhero movie is on a budget. When he formed the amazing cast, the movie’s success was still not guaranteed. The movie is headlined by sitcom stars (Chris Pratt), wrestlers (Dave Bautista), and voices of movie stars (Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel).

But did you know that as amazing as the movie is, choosing the right cast was quite a quest? Here are some actors and actresses who could’ve made it in the cut!


Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Star-Lord)

Marvel earlier eyed an A-list name for Star-Lord, with Looper’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt joining the mix late in the casting process (around the same time as he was rumored to be DC’s newest Batman).

Although it’s unclear how close he came to the part, although shortly after it was reported that he was auditioning, he landed a role in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, meaning the movie may not have been his priority at that time.

Glenn Howerton (Star-Lord)

We assume that Guardians would’ve been funnier if writer/director James Gunn have chosen Peter Quill as Star-lord as he had more experience with comedy than action. Yes, Chris Pratt is perfect for the role, but Howerton was funnier. Gunn once said, “There was a good chance that, if I didn’t cast Chris, that I would’ve cast Glenn Howerton in the role.”

John Krasinski (Star-Lord)

Another qualified and likable actor with a comedy background who could have played Star-Lord? John Krasinski of The Office. Krasinski reportedly both auditioned and screen-tested. Just sad, he didn’t get in.

Gina Carano (Gamora)

She did a ‘very physical’ role back in her 2012 action movie Haywire. Former UFC fighter Gina Carano was in contention for the part of Gamora earlier during the movie’s production process. If she did get in, Guardians probably would have featured a lot more action scenes.

Isaiah Mustafa (Drax the Destroyer)

Never heard of him? Mustafa is best known as “the Old Spice guy” in a series of ultra-viral TV commercials for the line of men’s grooming products. Mustafa was reportedly a finalist for the role. WWE star Dave Bautista ultimately got the role over Mustafa, as well as another contender: relatively unknown Generation Kill star Brian Patrick Wade.

Jason Momoa as Drax the Destroyer

Before that trio vied for Drax, producers of Guardians had  Jason Momoa, future Aquaman and former Khal Drago on Game of Thrones. The concept art for the character was based on Momoa taking on the role. Momoa eventually walked away from Guardians because the role he was being offered was similar to what he’s doing. “It didn’t really fit in my time because I’ve done so many things where I don’t say much and I’m colored up and I have my shirt off again,” he said. “You want to stretch,” he added.

Gal Gadot (Nebula)

Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan played Nebula in Guardians, requiring her to shave her head and apply blue body paint which she needed to endure for hours. Gal Gadot was once considered for the part. In a 2013 interview, she mentioned having an unease about having an offer for a role in which she’d have to “shave my head and they will color me in blue paint.” She seems to be talking about the character Nebula. Had Gadot taken on this role in a Marvel movie, she probably wouldn’t have landed the role of Wonder Woman over in the DC movie universe.

Hugh Laurie (Denarian Saal)

Denarian Saal is the Nova Corps official who works closely with another fellow Nova member Rhomann Dey. Both roles were initially conceived as much larger ones, and so producers were interested in casting two well-known actors in the roles. Dey ended up getting the larger part, and John C. Reilly was cast. Saal got a minor role, and Peter Serafinowicz got the part — beating out other, more famous actors that Marvel had once approached, including House star Hugh Laurie.

Adam Sandler (or Jim Carrey) as Rocket Raccoon (or Groot)

It was made clear that Guardians of the Galaxy would probably have a strong comedic element when rumors started flying in early 2013 that Marvel was interested in hiring a couple of major big-screen comedians to voice Rocket Raccoon and Groot. First thing in mind is Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey (who had already starred in superhero movies Batman Forever and Kick-Ass 2). It was never clear who was up for which (or even if either had a go at both parts), or why Adam Sandler was in the running for a comedic role. But whatever the case, it wasn’t long before Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel locked down the respective voice-acting gigs.

Eddie Redmayne (Star-Lord)

Before he became a wizard, Eddie Redmayne was nearly a superhero. Redmayne’s name made a list of actors who were allegedly contracted to audition and screen test for Star-Lord (alongside the likes of Joel Edgerton and Jack Huston). However, when asked, the actor remained silent on rumors that he was being considered for the role, telling MTV News, “There’s noise with the internet of things that are true and not true. If I listen to all of it, I’d go slightly insane.”

Lee Pace (Star-Lord)

Lee Pace had a role in Guardians of the Galaxy, but it wasn’t the one he initially auditioned for. The Pushing Daisies star told MTV News in 2012 that he had been auditioning for  Star-Lord in preparation for his audition, which was apparently good enough to get him shortlisted for the part. Although Pace called Peter “a lot of fun” and said that he hoped his casting worked out, in the end, the part went to Pratt. However, Pace still clearly impressed Gunn, as he ended up landing the role of Ronan the Accuser.

Jim Sturgess (Star-Lord)

Across the Universe’s Jim Sturgess believes he got down to the final two people in his audition for Star-Lord, after getting multiple screen tests and even a costume fitting.  He also said that he is shocked he got that far. “I got way further than I’d ever imagined I possibly could,” he told MTV News. “As you get further and further down the line, you start caring about it more and more. The competitiveness in you starts kicking in. But I was amazed I’d gotten as far down the line as I did.” Sturgess, who said he was fascinated by the “total fantasy landscape” of the movie and that he loved the character’s similarity to Han Solo in Star Wars, probably would have been a great Star-Lord, but it’s tough to imagine anyone other than Pratt in the role.

Zachary Levi (Star-Lord)

Chuck star Zachary Levi was reportedly also up against Sturgess for Star-Lord, with Variety reporting the studio had narrowed it down to those two in late December 2012. Levi would have been an interesting choice, especially considering that he was already a part of the Marvel universe as Fandral in Thor: The Dark World. It’s this part that apparently got Levi an in for Guardians, but the self-professed nerd wasn’t able to seal the deal. 🌈

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