With production of Guardians of the Galaxy about to begin, it looks like Marvel and director James Gunn will have to look for another actor to play Drax the Destroyer. It turns out Game of Thrones‘ Jason Momoa turned down Marvel’s offer to play the resurrected alien.
According to IGN, Marvel has returned to screen-testing and auditioning new actors to play Drax the Destroyer. A few weeks ago, Marvel added Jason Momoa to the list of rumored contenders role, along with Isaiah Mustafa (the Old Spice guy), former WWE Superstar Dave Bautista (The Man With the Iron Fists), and Brian Patrick Wade (Generation Kill). Apparently, Momoa turned down Marvel’s contract offer. The comic book movie studio is notorious for offering actors multi-movie deals with low sums.
Latino Review’s El Mayimbe, first broke the news about negotiations between Marvel and Jason Momoa. You’d think Momoa’s career could’ve used the bump, considering his last few films include the box-office duds Conan the Barbarian and Bullet to the Head. El Mayimbe tweets:
Marvel is back to screen testing actors for Drax. Somebody needs to remind Momoa that nobody saw his last 2 films & take Marvel’s offer.
— elmayimbe (@elmayimbe) February 21, 2013
It looks like it’s back to the drawing board for Marvel with Guardians of the Galaxy. A few weeks ago, Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt was cast in the role of Star-Lord/Peter Quill, the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy. With Momoa not taking on Drax, four roles remain to be cast, including Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot.
Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters everywhere on August 1, 2014 in 3D.