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.
The 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.