When Marvel announced that it would produce a movie version of its lesser-known publication "Guardians of the Galaxy," many people didn't know what to think. This particular comic book universe features a walking tree and a talking, smart-mouthed raccoon who doesn't really acknowledge that he is a raccoon, not to mention lots of aliens and spaceships. When "Parks and Recreation" star Chris Pratt was announced as the lead, only diehard fans of the highly regarded show knew who he was. Now that the film has finally been released after months of speculation, Pratt is on his way to the A-list.
First up is the final season of "Parks and Recreation," in which he will continue to play the loveable dimwit Andy Dwyer. When NBC announced the renewal of the show in spring 2014, it also announced that the upcoming seventh season of the long-running sitcom would be its last. Pratt missed several episodes last season as he went to London to film "Guardians of the Galaxy," but he returned in typically hilarious Andy fashion, much to the relief of fans of the quirky show. The producers of "Parks and Recreation" were very accommodating in helping Pratt get time off and switching storylines so that he could make the film, which marks his debut in a lead role.
The shortened order is good news for Pratt, who is getting lots of attention for films. He just wrapped up principle photography for "Jurassic World," the long-simmering addition to the "Jurassic Park" franchise. The film won't be out until June 12, 2015, after the final season of "Parks and Recreation" is done airing. The film stars Pratt in the lead once again, making two big-budget blockbusters in a row for him.
Only a few details have been released in order to keep some of the surprises under wraps for the film's release. Pratt's character is named Owen, and he is on staff at Jurassic World, a theme park that is fully contained and functional at Isla Nublar, the site of the original "Jurassic Park." As with most things, people soon got jaded, and the park lost some of its luster, causing attendance to plummet. Park owners begin devising a plan for a new attraction to get new customers to come to the island, with catastrophic results.
A rumor is running rampant in Hollywood that Pratt is up for the starring role in a movie reboot of the classic 1980s TV series "Knight Rider." During interview sessions to publicize the release of "Guardians of the Galaxy," Pratt was asked about these rumors, and it turns out that there is at least a kernel of truth to them. The actor is a huge fan of the classic series and would star with fellow funny man Danny McBride of "Eastbound & Down" fame. No details about the film, which is still the script-writing phase, have been released.
Right before "Guardians of the Galaxy" was released on Aug. 1, 2014, Marvel Studios announced that there would be a sequel. Though no filming has been done and no release date is set yet, logic would dictate that Pratt will film the sequel after "Knight Rider," if that happens. The possibility is also open for a "Jurassic World" sequel if that film thrives at the box office — and if Pratt's character makes it out alive, considering the high body count of these films.
Nothing else is on the docket beyond that for Pratt — yet. After the abbreviated final season of "Parks and Recreation" ends, his schedule is clear. This opens up a world of possibilities, especially since critics have lauded his performance in "Guardians of the Galaxy." Now that he has proven that he can carry a blockbuster film on his shoulders, the sky seems to be the limit for Pratt.