Marvel obviously had a very hard time casting the lead role for next summer’s biggest gamble, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and a lot of the difficulty may have arisen from the peculiar way the studio apparently went about it.
They wanted an actor sign on the dotted line to star before even reading a script! And with Marvel signing most actors to deals guaranteeing commitments of anywhere between three and six films, that was one huge leap of faith. However, Marvel found its Peter Quill/Star-Lord in Chris Pratt, who told Fandango:
“Just the fact that he was part of the Marvel brand was really exciting. I was signed up to do the movie before I was even allowed to read a script, so it wasn’t like something about this particular character that got me to do it. The fact that it was a Marvel movie is what got me to do it. Granted, once I did read it there were so many things about the character that I love, and one thing is that he’s very much a kid at heart. He’s like a man-child. And I like the idea that he’s got a false sense of bravado. Deep down inside he’s lonely and desperate. But on the outside he walks around like he’s big and tough, and I don’t think he does a great job of convincing everybody that he’s not just a scared little child.”
I am still having a bit of trouble picturing Bright Abbott from Everwood as a pistol-packing galactic adventurer, but hey, it could work. He just has to make sure Star-Lord doesn’t end up overshadowed by Rocket Raccoon!