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February 06, 2013

Chris Pratt set to play Star-Lord in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" #1 will go on sale in late March. (Steve McNiven / Marvel)

Chris Pratt appeared in the Oscar-nominated "Zero Dark Thirty," shown Jan. 8 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. (Kris Connor / Getty Images)

Concept art for the "Guardians of the Galaxy" film. (Concept art by Charlie Wen / Marvel)

Chris Pratt, left, and Joel Edgerton portray SEAL Team 6 members in "Zero Dark Thirty." (Jonathan Olley / Columbia Pictures)

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris at the "Zero Dark Thirty" premiere in December. The couple has been married since 2009. (Michael Nelson / EPA)

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt appeared together in the 2011 film "Take Me Home Tonight." (Ron Batzdorff / Relativity Media)

Chris Pratt plays Andy Dwyer alongside Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope in "Parks and Recreation." (David Giesbrecht / NBC)

"Parks and Recreation" cast members Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer, Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson, Retta as Donna Meagle, Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate, Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins, Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt, Jim O'Heir as Jerry Gergich, Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford. (Mitchell Haaseth / NBC)

In the 2011 film "The Five-Year Engagement," Chris Pratt played Alex, the would-be groom's best friend who beats him to the altar.

In "Moneyball," Chris Pratt played Scott Hatteberg, a former catcher whom the Oakland A's turned into a first baseman. (Melinda Sue Gordon / Columbia TriStar)

Chris Pratt was Brighton "Bright" Abbott in 2006 in the WB's "Evergreen." Kelly Carlson played Ada. (Patrick Ecclesine / The WB)

Chris Pratt, right, and actor Gregory Smith were among those at a 2004 party celebrating Teen People's "Young Hollywood" Issue, held at the Teen People mansion in the Hollywood Hills. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For the Los Angeles Times)

Ladies and gentlemen, meet your Star-Lord: Actor Chris Pratt, who currently plays the goofy and genial Andy on “Parks and Recreation,” has been tapped to play the leader of a team of interstellar superheroes in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a source has confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.

The film, scheduled to come out in August of 2014, will be directed by James Gunn (“Slither,” “Super”).

So far, Pratt is the only actor attached to the project.

The other characters on the team include Rocket Raccoon, a laser gun wielding raccoon,  Groot, a plant monster from outer space, and Gamora, a female martial arts master.

Pratt’s character is born Peter Quill, the son of a human mother and an alien father.

In the comic books, he grows up to become a NASA astronaut, and eventually gets his special Star-Lord powers from an alien entity called Master of the Sun. Those powers include a suit that lets him fly through space and a ship that he can communicate with telepathically.

–Deborah Netburn

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