Chris Pratt cast as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel Studios has finally ended its search for the lead in the forthcoming Phase Two space epic Guardians of the Galaxy, with Deadline revealing that Chris Pratt has secured the role of Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, the half-human / half-alien leader of the futuristic team of superheroes.

Pratt, whose credits include Everwood, Parks and Recreation, Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty, becomes the first name to join the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, which is to be directed by James Gunn (Super). Other names said to have been on the not-so-shortlist for the role include Pratt's Zero Dark Thirty co-star Joel Edgerton, along with the likes of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), John Krasinski (The Office), Zachary Levi (Thor: The Dark World), Lee Pace (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville
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