5 February 2013 3:13 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Chris Pratt’s career is about to soar out of this world — or, more accurately, out of this galaxy.

EW has confirmed that the Parks and Recreation funnyman will play the lead character in Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, a key part of Marvel’s Phase Two plan. Deadline first reported the news.

Pratt, who recently slimmed down (and bulked up) for his role in Zero Dark Thirty (pictured above), will play Star Lord, the half-human half-alien leader of a bio-engineered team of space-traveling heroes that includes a green-skinned warrior, a gun slinging raccoon, a female alien assassin, »

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