Aug. 13, 2013 | 3:38 p.m.
Is Vin Diesel really going to play a talking tree? That’s the question some of the actor’s 45 million followers began asking Sunday after Diesel posted a picture on his Facebook page of Groot, an alien creature featured in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the latest Marvel property to get the big-screen treatment. For months the actor has been teasing a possible collaboration with Marvel, posting on social media about secretive meetings with the studio and promising impending “big news.” “Guardians” has certainly enjoyed its share of the spotlight lately, with promotional pushes at Comic-Con International last month and Disney’s D23 expo in Anaheim this past weekend. The film, now shooting in London, will combine live action and computer animation to tell the story of roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, (Chris Pratt) and his squad of aliens (including the furry, […]
July 23, 2013 | 6:09 p.m.
On the heels of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” surprise presentation at Comic-Con International this weekend, Marvel Studios announced Tuesday that principal photography on the film has officially begun. In fact, production began about 10 days before the Comic-Con presentation on Saturday, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige noted during the presentation in the San Diego Convention Center’s 6,500-seat Hall H. Director James Gunn (“Super”) even showed off some early footage from the movie, which seems to be aiming for a very different tone than Marvel’s ensemble blockbuster “The Avengers.” The film, based on the Marvel comic series of the same name, follows roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, (Chris Pratt) and his squad of aliens (including the furry, fan-favorite character Rocket Raccoon), tasked with teaming up to battle cosmic threats. It’s an oddball idea, and the Comic-Con footage suggested the […]
Feb. 06, 2013 | 12:43 p.m.
From coupon salesman to guardian of the galaxy. Not bad. Before “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a twinkle in Chris Pratt’s eye, he was busy becoming a square-jawed heartthrob of the WB. And before that, as he told Conan O’Brien in a December interview, he was a coupon salesman. But now, as the Los Angeles Times reports, Pratt has scored the lead role of Peter Quill in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Can he handle the superhero big leagues? Pratt has grown up since he was “Bright” Abbott on WB’s “Everwood,” He’s proven himself as a comedian (“Parks and Recreation”) as well as a dramatic actor (“Zero Dark Thirty”). He also married actress Anna Faris in 2009. Together the couple have a baby, Jack, born in August. For his role as a Navy SEAL in the Oscar-nominated “Zero,” the actor […]
Feb. 06, 2013 | 10:25 a.m.
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 […]