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New Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Concept Art; Pratt, Bautista, Saldana Confirmed

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Marvel Studios has released new concept art for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie as well as confirmed the casting of Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax, and Zoe Saldana as Gamora.

Rocket Raccoon and Groot have yet to be announced, with it also rumored that Michael Rooker is playing Yondu.

Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige spoke with EW about the movie. It was also noted the below concept art is not Ship from the comic books, but just a young Peter Quill's first close encounter on Earth, before he is whisked away to the far reaches of the galaxy.

Guardians takes place within the continuity of the [other movies] but it’s on the other side of the universe. We’ve always wanted to do a space movie. I’m obsessed with Star Wars, I’m obsessed with Star Trek.

It’s a huge story on a massive canvas. We can take it to all those crazy places as long as all the characters respond in an emotionally truthful way. That’s why I believe people are going to respond to Chris Pratt and to an alien Zoë Saldana—because they did respond to that one time before [with Avatar]. And to a tree and a raccoon who, it is certainly our intention, will steal the whole movie.

On Chris Pratt getting cast as Star-Lord:

We did a lot of auditions, a lot of screen tests, just as we did for Thor, just as we did for Cap. [Pratt] was hilarious, he was moving, he was … you bought him in the early versions of the outfit.

And on Dave Bautista as Drax:

One of the reasons Bautista got the part was because his banter, and ad libs, and screen tests with Pratt were awesome.

The Guardians of the Galaxy movie has an August 1, 2014 release directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt as Peter Quill Star-Lord and Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer.

For news, images and more head on over to the Cosmic Book News Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Hub.

Synopsis:

Guardians of the Galaxy, based on the Marvel comic books of the same name, features an unlikely cast of characters who must team up in order to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions. 

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