Report: Chris Pratt is GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY's Star-Lord

Deadline.com is confidently reporting that after a list that at one point had nearly 20 names on it, the role of Peter Quill, Star-Lord, is going to Chris Pratt for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy film.

The role had been rumored to have interest either from or for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lee Pace, James Marsden, and many others.

From Newsarama's own "Who's Who in Guardians of the Galaxy," Star-Lord is described by incoming Guardians comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis as "Peter Quill, Star-Lord, is half-human and half-alien, and his father is the King of Spartax," Bendis said. "His father is just about as big of an a**hole as Thanos is, and he doesn’t really trust him. Peter takes the gig to guard Earth, but he’s doing it with his team in his own way, because he thinks he’s also guarding it from his father."

James Gunn, co-writer and director of the movie, announced today on facebook that he departs to the UK for the film's development for the next 9 months. No other casting of the other principals: Drax, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot all appear on promotional materials for the movie, and other characters like Bug, Mantis, and Adam Warlock have been members of the team in the comics and are potential roles in the film.

Pratt was known primarily for his bumbling comedic role on NBC's Parks and Rec until a bulked-up starring role in Zero Dark Thirty showed he could handle action and drama as well. Quill has been portrayed a mix of the three in the comics since the relaunch in 2008.

This news is the latest in a rash of recent reported castings in Marvel films. Just last week Paul Giamatti was reported to be in talks to take on the role of The Rhino in Amazing Spider-Man 2 and (Pratt's Everwood co-star) Revenge's Emily VanCamp is reportedly Marvel's choice to play the female lead, presumably Sharon Carter, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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