Remember when Lee Pace was rumored to be up for a Marvel movie part? Although nothing ever came to fruition, there is this news: he is currently testing for the lead role in Marvel’s upcoming movie adaptation, Guardians of the Galaxy. This franchise will enter into Marvel’s “Phase 2,” along with The Avengers 2 and others (there is belief that the two teams will eventually collide on screen). Lee is up for the role as the leader of the Guardians, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, which you can read about below (courtesy of First Showing):
As a child Peter Quill’s father died trying to kill him and his mother was killed by an alien. It’s no wonder he grew up to be an astronaut. But while on a space station, Quill is visited by Master of the Sun and gets transformed into Star-Lord, who is tasked with policing the galaxy. His suit allows him to travel through space, increase his strength and he has a powerful weapon called an element gun which fires earth, water, fire and air. In the concept art release at Comic-Con, he’s carrying Kree sub-machine guns (from the alien race that created his suit), which shoot various types of ammunition, including explosives. He also has a psychic link to a sentient spaceship aptly called Ship.
However, it doesn’t look like it’ll be an easy part to get, as many actors are also in contention. Others reported as testing for the part include Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, and Eddie Redmayne. Deadline is reporting that there is interest from Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden, and Sullivan Stapleton as well.