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Marvel's 10th installment 'Guardians of the Galaxy' builds anticipation

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt)
Photo Courtesy Marvel Studio / The Hollywood Archive

When Marvel studios first announced the film project 'Guardians of the Galaxy' at San Diego Comic-Con, way back in 2012, it was met with some befuddlement. A real 'head scratching' moment. Even some of the most ardent comic book fans were just barely aware of the space patrol's existence. So making a feature film based on this more obscure material seemed a bit mind-boggling. But after the filmmaker's showcased some spectacular footage at Comic-Con 2013, the movie has become one of the most anticipated films of 2014... and it's release is right around the corner.

Like many of Marvel's productions 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios. It happens to be the tenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - according to IMDB. Here is the tally thus far:

1. Iron Man (2008)
2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
3. Iron Man 2 (2010)
4. Thor (2011)
5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
6. The Avengers (2012)
7. Iron Man 3 (2013)
8. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

The film is directed by James Gunn, who wrote the screenplay with Nicole Perlman, and features a stellar ensemble cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro.

The Storyline goes like this: In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. In order to evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a group of misfits including Gamora, Rocket, Drax the Destroyer, and Groot. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand - with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

But the male lead (Chris Pratt) was not always on-board with perhaps the career-making role oof a lifetime. In a moment of self doubt, Pratt (who plays Peter Quill / Star-Lord in the film) tells EW Magazine that he initially turned down the lead role of the film. “I was probably scared,” he said. “And thought I was too fat to play a super hero. I didn’t want another Captain Kirk or ‘Avatar’ moment." Pratt was turned down for two major roles the lead role of James T. Kirk, that eventually went to Chris Pine, and also for the role of Jake Sully that went to Sam Worthington. He goes on to say that the 'Avatar' audition was especially humiliating, "They said they want somebody that says 'that thing,' that 'It factor'... I walked into that room knowing I did not have that thing, and i walked out thinking I would never have that thing, probably." But things seem to have worked out for the best as there is plenty of positive buzz for Pratt in the role of Pere Quill / Star-Lord.

The film is set for US release on August 1, 2014.

Visit the official site of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' for more information.