According to Deadline, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy has cast its lead: Parks and Recreation‘s Chris Pratt.
Pratt, although best known for Parks and Rec, has recently appeared in a number of critically acclaimed films, such as Zero Dark Thirty and Moneyball. This is also, technically, not his first comic book film – Pratt played “Barry” in Wanted, which was based, however loosely, on the Mark Millar/J.G. Jones series of the same name.
The casting of Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord makes sense in two ways: first of all, he is a vaguely blonde male of vaguely mid-30s age, so he fits the character physically. However, he also has a history with comedy, as does Guardians director James Gunn. Both Gunn and Pratt also have repeated consonants at the end of their last names, and both were part of the recently released and critically loathed Movie 43.
Stay tuned to Multiversity for coverage on the real casting notes of interest (Groot and Rocket Raccoon) when they become available.