Saturday, January 5, 2013

10 More Good-Looking Youthful White Guys for Star-Lord

Eddie Redmayne, Joel Edgerton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Marsden, John Krasinski, Jim Sturgess, Zachary Levi, Michael Rosenbaum, Jack Huston, Lee Pace, Sullivan Stapleton, Garrett Hedlund have all been rumored around the role of Star-Lord in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (I may have forgotten a few, it is hard to keep track).  Just in case James Gunn wanted to play it safe here are some more youthful looking white guys to consider for the part.

10. Josh Hutcherson
May be young for the role, but despite his youth he is a very mature performer.  He has experience in big blockbusters (Hunger Games, Journey 2) and is a proper actor (as evidenced by Kids Are All Right).  Know that he is practically an adult the Zathura actor could return to space.  I believe he has it in him to play a leader.  May be a better career move to stick with the teenage roles for a few more years, but if he wants to grow out of those parts this would be a good transition for him.

9. Brian Geraghty
Brian Geraghty is a fine actor that could use a big break like this.  His characters tend to be less leaders and more followers, but he is capable of a wide range and a lot of emotion.  He fits well in positions like soldiers and pilots, a space hero should not be too much of a reach.  If anything Marvel has Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and now Anthony Mackie as Falcon, might as well get all of the Hurt Locker trio on board.

8. Ben Whishaw
His Cloud Atlas co-star, Jim Sturgess, is rumored for the role, why not consider Ben too?  He was one of the highlights of Cloud Atlas (at least I think he was, I had a hard time keeping the characters played by him, Sturgess and James D'Arcy straight) and stood against more seasoned professionals as the delightful Q in Skyfall.  He is a good actor that has not had a big lead role yet.

7. Dominic Cooper
Considering Zachary Levi (who will be in Thor: Dark World) for the role shows that Marvel is willing to reuse actors.  With the World War II story over it is doubtful that Cooper will be called to play Howard Stark again.  Cooper may be more comfortable as a character actor, but he is good looking and played the role of a futurist role.  Seems like a decent fit for space.

6. Chris Pine
Definite reasons why he would not work.  Already has two big franchises, Star Trek and the upcoming reboot of Jack Ryan.  One of which already has him playing a space hero.  But there seems to be a lot of time between Star Trek movies.  Also People Like Us was a bomb at the box-office (despite being one of the year's best films), may want to attach himself to a guaranteed franchise in case Jack Ryan does not take off.

The other Enterprise member I was considering was Karl Urban, who proved a terrific action lead in Dredd, but he may be too old.

5. Liam Hemsworth
Lost the role of Thor to his big brother.  But the Hunger Games actor is an up and coming star in his own right and a fine action star (gave a better performance than the rest of the cast of Expendables 2).  He already has connections with Marvel and has a schedule open for another big budget franchise.

4. Aaron Tveit
Les Miserables' Marius may be in the running, but I would look into the possibility of Enjolarus as Star-Lord.  The Broadway star played a leader very believably and naturally with very little screen time.  Haven't heard of any other big upcoming films for him, so would assume he is available.

3. Bradley Cooper
Was in the running for Green Lantern, but that did not work out (for him, probably for the best).  With The A-Team underperforming (which is a shame, because that was one of the most enjoyable movies in recent years).  And having a few bombs under his belt (Hit and Run, The Words) it would be a good career move to star in a sure thing.  Cooper has shown a great range and now has prestige and a likely Oscar nomination from Silver Linings Playbook.  Would also be smart for Marvel to have a familiar star in one of their lesser known franchises.

2. Jake Gyllenhaal
Definitely not the box-office star he was once groomed to be.  Has been in a number of bombs in recent years, one of which as an action star for Disney in Prince of Persia.  But despite not being a draw he has been a reliable actor with a great range in various films such as Love and Other Drugs, Source Code and End of Watch.  Starring in Guardians would be a mutually beneficial relationship for him and Marvel.

1. Armie Hammer
The good looking young white guy who should have been a bonafide star years ago.  After giving one of the best performances in Social Network he has struggled a bit in bad movies such as J. Edgar and Mirror Mirror.  But he has managed to rise above the quality of the movies.  He is also set to play Disney's Lone Ranger.  I have heavy doubts about the movie and don't think it will make the money Disney needs it to.  However I have faith in him as a lead in an action movie and he already has an existing relationship with Marvel's parent company.  He is the one name I would add to the list for Star-Lord.

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