Marvel Considering Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY? Wes Bentley and More Reportedly Added to Star-Lord Shortlist

     January 22, 2013


The casting process on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy continues to move right along, and even though the studio has yet to announce any actors joining the project, they are reportedly looking at some rather interesting names to fill out the cast.  We’ve previously reported on a number of shortlists of actors that Marvel and director James Gunn have been considering for the lead role of Star-Lord, a master strategist and combat expert who wears an ability-enhancing suit and pilots a psychically-linked ship.  Everyone from John Krasinski to Jim Sturgess has been linked to the role, and now a couple more young male actor names have been added to the list of contenders.

More interestingly, though, is the fact that Marvel is apparently looking into nabbing a couple of high profile comedic actors to bring some levity to the film: Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler.

jim-carrey-guardians-of-the-galaxyThe folks over at Latino Review, who have been a solid source on Marvel news for the past couple of years now, report that Marvel is currently looking into the availability of both Carrey and Sandler.  The report is unclear as to whether the studio is casting two comedic roles or just one, and it’s important to note that looking into the availability of an actor is not the same thing as casting the actor.  That said, we all knew Guardians was likely to be a humor-filled movie the minute Gunn signed on, and Carrey and/or Sandler would certainly fit into the likely motion-capture roles of Rocket Raccoon (a talking raccoon) and Groot (a giant tree).  Carrey recently proved that he’s not averse to superhero properties, as he will appear this summer in the sequel Kick-Ass 2.

In addition to the Carrey/Sandler news, the site also reports that Wes Bentley, Chris Lowell (The Help, Veronica Mars), and Cam Gigandet (Twilight) are the latest crop of actors being asked to read for the role of Star-Lord.  Again, reading for a role is not the same thing as receiving an offer, but it’s clear that Marvel is casting a very wide net in filling this part.  Hopefully we hear more solid news soon as the film gears up to begin production later this summer in London.  Guardians of the Galaxy will be released in 3D on August 1, 2014.


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  • Anonymous

    ; ) C’mon Jim, join the party.

  • hamroll

    I think jim carrey has a super expressive face that would be great motion captured for groot
    he did a great mocap job on christmas carol

  • Anonymous

    I can´t believe I did’nt think of Gigandet, he could rock this.

  • Anonymous

    But my A choice will always be Edgerton.

    • jack

      Meh, I personally think Edgerton is better suited for Ant-Man/Hank Pym.

  • Deadpool

    I’m ok with JIm Carrey… just PLEASE NO Sandler. Keep him far away from this.

    • Chevy Chase

      You obviously haven’t seen Eight Crazy Nights… Sandler’s voicework is outstanding you noob

    • Corey

      Agreed! Sandler has no place in the Marvel Universe, he past his prime years ago

      • Spock Jenkins

        Adam Sandler has no place in ANY Universe. He is just. Awful.

  • shill

    Going to loose interest in this movie if those two shiits are in this, especially the ugly no talented jew.

  • tom

    i’m on the Krasinski bandwagon. He’s just an incredibly likable guy who’s also very talented. I remember when his name came up for Cap i thought that was a great choice

    • Zack

      Totally agree. I was kinda sad he didnt get to do cap but evans did great. Hope krasinski enters the marvel universe in some fashion

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  • LEM

    This is shaping up to be quite the crap fest.

  • GunzOfNavarone

    I still can’t believe this has actually been given the green light. Is there enough call for this? It’s the reason they have never greenlit a Silver Surfer movie as not enough people are familiar with the character.

    • Spock Jenkins

      You’re right, I remember that Marvel guy squirming his way through an interview telling people how Black Panther would be too unrelatable – but then Marvel greenlight a movie about a talking tree and a raccoon??

  • Doug

    “Carrey recently proved that he’s not averse to superhero properties, as he will appear this summer in the sequel Kick-Ass 2.”

    He was also in a small indie film in 1995 called BATMAN FOREVER. Before that he had just a bit of minor success with another comic book property, THE MASK.

    • deepinthemosh

      Glad someone else remembered that he’s done comic book movies before. Sorry Collider but you guys are better than that.

    • Nerdgasm

      What they were referencing was just the fact that he spoke out about doing another superhero film after his poor experience on Batman. It was also during the interview that he spoke about his disdain on doing sequels of his own make. So him doing a superhero film again is weird.


    Jim Carrey would be great! I might ctually go see this film knowing he’s in it, as I know nothing about its source, and none of the marketing has got me interested. However, Sandlers name kinda undoes my enthusiasm all over again.

  • Doug

    Gunn should go with his mainstays and get Nathan Fillion and Michael Rooker.

    • Goop

      I think Michael Rooker would be GREAT for Rocket Raccoon. It would be unexpected and badass. It would make him more likable than if he had a high pitched voice, or a smooth voice like Carrey’s. I totally agree with you.

  • Martim Ferreira

    lol I’m sorry, I thought you said Adam Sandler…oh wait…are u f****** nuts? Is this a joke?

  • Max

    I do not want Adam Snadler. I don’t like anything he’s ever been in beside Punch Drunk Love

  • Bob

    You want a high profile comedy guy,then go after Seth Macfarlane for Rocket Raccoon. I guess I don’t mind Jim Carrey that much but please, please no to Adam Sandler. Keep him a away!!!

  • Max

    How to ruin a movie:

    Step 1: Hire Adam Sandler

    Step 2: There is no step 2

  • Bob

    It’s this simple….

    Star-Lord: Joel Edgerton
    Drax: Vin Diesel
    Rocket Raccoon: Seth Macfarlane
    Gamora: Gina Carano
    Groot: Be creative…..get someone with a deep, or strong voice. I mean he only says three words the whole time…

    • JW.

      If they could pull off James Earl Jones for Groot I would be sooooooooooooooo happy. As for Sandler I think they only way it could work is if he did Rocket Raccoon and put some originality into his voice like he did in Hotel Transelvania. He can pull off a good voice as long as the writing is good, and I trust James Gunn

  • Evan

    I love that they said Kick Ass 2 shows Jim Carrey’s willingness to be in a super hero film… I guess Batman Forever and The Mask were just not comic-booky enough?

  • Jack

    If they were just voicing Rocket Racoon I guess would be fine but if they’re up for star lord then this is an awful idea…

  • Jack

    If they were just voicing Rocket Racoon I guess would be fine but if they\’re up for star lord then this is an awful idea…

  • Stinky

    And Marvel Phase 2 jumps the shark in 3… 2… 1…

  • Kyle

    How are they not casting Jon Benjamin for Rocket Raccoon? There is no other choice.

  • Jamie f.

    I’d rarher watch a turd rot than Adam Sandler

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  • Strong Enough

    Damn. Adam Sandler? LMAO

  • Jason

    You guys aren’t thinking this through Sandler is obviously up for Gamora.

  • sense 11

    Jim as Raccoon would be epic

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