Dave Bautista Top ‘Drax’ Contender For GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; Kevin Durand Up For A Role

Dave Bautista Top ‘Drax’ Contender For GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; Kevin Durand Up For A Role

Including that actor Kevin Durand may have an unspecified role, the latest word on casting for Guardians of the Galaxy reveals that former pro wrestler Dave Bautista is now a front-runner for Drax.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film is still deep in its casting stage as production gears up in London for a June start date. Keeping up with the space epic adaptation’s development, Latino Review’s latest update involves the Guardians’ brutish Drax the Destroyer. While Conan the Barbarian’s Jason Momoa was initially offered the role and is “still in the mix,” former pro wrestler Dave Bautista, who Comic Book Movie’s Alex Lynch revealed was in contention last month, has been named a top contender. “Half want Momoa who is holding out for a better deal, and the other half want Bautista.” In addition, Latino Review also reports that an unknown actor has been found to voice Rocket Raccoon, while X-Men Origins: Wolverine’s Kevin Durand is up for an unknown role in the James Gunn-helmed film. Coincidence? Who knows. Anyhow, Bautista, 44, starred in The Man with the Iron Fists, while Durand, 39, appeared in Resident Evil: Retribution and Real Steel. What do you think?

Marvel Studios presents “Guardians of the Galaxy”—A big space epic featuring an unlikely cast of Marvel characters, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon, who must team up in order to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions. Directed by James Gunn from a screenplay by James Gunn, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is based on the Marvel comic book series “Guardians of the Galaxy,” first published in 1969 and revived in 2008. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will distribute “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014, in 3D. In addition, Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on other iconic Marvel characters including “Iron Man 3” on May 3, 2013; “Thor: The Dark World ” on November 8, 2013; “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; the sequel to “Marvel's The Avengers” on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on November 6, 2015!
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Luminus - 3/1/2013, 5:54 PM
WTF? Batista is not a film actor. Fail.
Jobu - 3/1/2013, 5:54 PM
I thought about Durand for Drax myself.....
DaenerysTargaryen - 3/1/2013, 5:55 PM
Get somebody who doesn't suck
ruadh - 3/1/2013, 5:58 PM
"It's between them too actors"....let's forget the wonderful command of English for a moment, and just say...it's really, definitely, ONLY between these two names...or a third guy.

It's nice to get little updates and such, but Guardians of the Galaxy is already annoying me just because of the blow by blow reporting on every minute bit of casting news. Man. Just...cast the movie, and THEN....announce the cast! Then shoot the f*cker, and I'll come watch it!
Lozzy - 3/1/2013, 5:58 PM
Durand for Thanos?
SomTingWong - 3/1/2013, 5:59 PM
Jason I'll be frank with you- every film you've been in has been terrible. Take marvels deal if you want things to change
TerminalVoyd - 3/1/2013, 6:07 PM
And again, I hope Joseph Gatt takes a shot at this.
ruadh - 3/1/2013, 6:07 PM
So which article reporting this stuff is getting taken down? The other one has a picture, does that mean it wins?
marvel72 - 3/1/2013, 6:08 PM
kevin durand is any interesting choice,as for dave bautista well he looks the part but he can't act.

i'm more interested in knowing who they cast for gamora.
SomTingWong - 3/1/2013, 6:09 PM
(To thanos) "you give me back my knifes or I will beat you within an inch of your life"- Durand as Drax
ruadh - 3/1/2013, 6:18 PM
"Speaking of casting news, have they cast anyone as MJ in TASM2 yet?"

Uh, yeah...they had set pics of her the other day too!
WEJAlen20 - 3/1/2013, 6:19 PM
The last time marvel cast an Unknown we got

This Guy in 2000

This Guy in 2011

And Now Drax

NoJobBOB - 3/1/2013, 6:22 PM

I haven't heard a thing about no MJ
n1ghtw1ng2832 - 3/1/2013, 6:25 PM
BruceLeroy - 3/1/2013, 6:32 PM
He fits Drax's look perfectly. I don't have a problem with the choice.
QuanZen - 3/1/2013, 6:32 PM
I'm surprised they don't approach Vin Diesel
HavocPrime - 3/1/2013, 6:33 PM
I kinda want Momoa to play Drax, maybe because I'm still in love with his work on Game of Thrones.
WEJAlen20 - 3/1/2013, 6:34 PM

The original article says

"Kevin Durand is in the mix for a role, but at this hour on a Friday night, I couldn’t find out for which part."

So it doesnt say he's up for Drax
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 3/1/2013, 6:35 PM
he is a very pretty man, he has no makeup on but when he puts it all on, he is drop dead gorgeous, he is perfect for drax. misandrist haters to the left.
DCMarvelFreshman - 3/1/2013, 6:39 PM
@WEJAlen20 Where in my article does it say that Durand is up for Drax?
LAXtremest - 3/1/2013, 6:39 PM
Hmmmm..... Nope.
NoJobBOB - 3/1/2013, 6:40 PM
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 3/1/2013, 6:40 PM
with makeup:

work it gal!!!
BubblesShedAndBreakfast - 3/1/2013, 6:42 PM
Bautista has the size just not the acting chops.
BlackHulk - 3/1/2013, 6:43 PM
Marvel: Why make an attempt to hire a decent actor when we can hire a desperate one? There is a sucker born every minute.
GUNSMITH - 3/1/2013, 6:45 PM

WEJAlen20 - 3/1/2013, 6:47 PM
It did say he had a role in the film which made people think it was Drax,
SmellofDuty - 3/1/2013, 6:48 PM
I don't want either but Momoa is better for it. Dang, Durand would be good as Drax!!
thewolfx - 3/1/2013, 6:48 PM
Oh ppl still have this notion wrestler cant act at all even for parts that dont require much dialogue

NeoBaggins - 3/1/2013, 6:50 PM
"WTF? Batista is not a film actor...."

Neither is Jason Mamoa. At least this dude looks the part. His acting is probably the same or better than Mamoa's.
MrAgamotto - 3/1/2013, 6:51 PM
Nah, Batista look the part but he simply cant act. And I dont know you guys but if Drax is going to play a big part in the movie since he have that deal with Thanos, Im hoping they cast some who have great acting skills but also is capable of being a badass, how about Joel Edgerton, or I dont know, Gerard Butler?
Growler - 3/1/2013, 6:51 PM
If Kevin Durand is in the mix, then I really don't care who he plays. I say this because he an amazing character actor who can completely embody the roles he's given to perform.

Absolutely brilliant actor.

xizorkatarn - 3/1/2013, 6:53 PM
TheSisko - 3/1/2013, 6:59 PM
Momoa is the better choice. I hated Bautista on Smallville, he was beyond terrible. Momoa was amazing on Star-Gate Atlantis.
shamo - 3/1/2013, 6:59 PM
lol @ Bautista as Drax. horrible casting but i'm sure Marvel Studios can get away with paying him in peanuts. so i can definitly see them giving him the job.

next up, Lindsay Lohan as Gamora.
thorhulk77 - 3/1/2013, 7:01 PM
Durand FTW
masterhater - 3/1/2013, 7:03 PM
The movie is gonna make bank pay Moma what he wants. That is the man for the role. F Bautista
tazmaniak - 3/1/2013, 7:09 PM
@NeoBaggins, so Jason Momoa's 14 years of TV and film roles don't make him an actor?

You really think Dave Bautista, who has acted in all of 1 DVD film, 3 feature films and and 2 TV guest spots over the course of 3 years, has the same level of acting talents or is even better than someone who has starred in 6 feature films and a total of 9 seasons across 4 separate TV series over the course of 11 years?

That's what you think?
batesmotel - 3/1/2013, 7:12 PM
Batista is more of a Marcus Fenix
Franshu - 3/1/2013, 7:13 PM
Batista can't act. Last time we got a wrestler for a CBM, we had that terrible imeprsonation of Sabretooth in Xmen 1.
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