It seems like every Hollywood male actor in his late 20s or early 30s is auditioning for the role of Star-Lord/Peter Quill in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Add former-Smallville star Michael Rosenbaum to the growing list of Marvel hopefuls because he just confirmed on Twitter that he met with director James Gunn and auditioned for the sought-after comic book role. Read his Tweet below.
— Michael Rosenbaum (@mrosenbaum711) January 3, 2013
Michael Rosenbaum played Lex Luthor on the long-running CW Superman prequel Smallville. Although the TV series went on for 10 seasons, Rosenbaun just stayed on for seven seasons but made a brief appearance in the series’ tenth season and series finale. So in playing Lux Luther for seven years, Rosenbaum has comic book genre credibility written all over him and could do well as the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy (despite the DC Comics/Marvel clash).
Over the past few weeks, so many names were added and subtracted from the Star-Lord short list for Guardians of the Galaxy. Recently, reports that The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph-Gordon Levitt was up for the Guardians of the Galaxy leader role. Actors Eddie Redmayne auditioned for the role but took a job in the Wachowski’s follow up to Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending. Cloud Atlas star Jim Sturgess and TV’s Chuck Zachary Levi were rumored to be close to getting the Star-Lord role. James Gunn later debunked those rumors while Levi was cast as Fandral in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World in 2013.
Peter Quill is the half-human/half-alien NASA astronaut who becomes Star-Lord – the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, a team of intergalactic protectors including the Marvel characters Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Gamora. These roles have not been cast yet. Guardians of the Galaxy is a big part of Marvel’s “Phase II” that will combine Marvel’s cosmic elements with its existing movies. Look forward to a giant Guardians of the Galaxy mashup in The Avengers 2 in 2015.
Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters everywhere on August 1, 2014.