Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has responded to casting rumors originally reported by the folks over at Variety. Despite claims to the contrary, the filmmaker says the article contains “inaccurate” details about his upcoming project.
“Almost everything in that Variety article on the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ casting (and all the following articles based on it) was/is completely inaccurate. Just for the record,” Gunn said in a recent Facebook post.
Although the comment was made this morning (December 23), it would appear the post has already been deleted by the Guardians of the Galaxy director. However, the folks over at Comicbook.com managed to snag the text before it disappeared.
According to Coming Soon, five actors were rumored to be in the running for the lead role of Peter Quill, who is also known in certain circles as Star-Lord. However, Variety recently reported that Jim Sturgess and Zachary Levi were being eyed for the role.
Of course, James Gunn says this isn’t true. Given he’s the guy sitting in the director’s chair, chances are he knows more about what’s going on behind-the-scenes than anyone else. However, the deletion of his recent comment regarding the Variety article is certainly curious.
The unofficial logline for Guardians of the Galaxy reads as follows:
“About a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.”
Honestly, that description doesn’t really do the story justice. To be fair, it’s a little hard to properly summarize the concept to those who are unfamiliar with the source material.
If everything goes according to plan, then Guardians of the Galaxy will arrive in theaters on August 1, 2014. What do you think about James Gunn’s comments about the Variety article?