Lee Pace, Jack Huston, Eddie Redmayne Among Marvel’s Short List for Lead Actor in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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Deadline is reporting that Marvel has a pretty impressive short list of actors being considered for the lead role in the upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel, after reportedly hiring James Gunn as director, has begun the effort to cast Peter Quill, the Guardians leader who is the offspring of a human mother and an alien father. I’m hearing that Marvel is making test deals with a small group of leading men. Here are the names: Zero Dark Thirty‘s Joel Edgerton, Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston, Cloud Atlas‘ Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace (who has roles in both Lincoln and The Hobbit), and Eddie Redmayne from Les Miserables.

I’ve confirmed all of them are in contention but can’t say definitively that this list is all-inclusive as I’ve also heard of interest from or in Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden and Edgerton’s Animal Kingdom co-star Sullivan Stapleton.

What are thoughts? Can you see any of the actors listed above as the new superhero for Marvel? Sound off below!