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James Gunn Calls 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Casting Rumor 'Inaccurate'

December 27, 2012 (8:35 am) GMT
Responding to the casting rumor about his latest film, the director of the upcoming Marvel movie insists he doesn't deny or confirm it.
James Gunn

James Gunn tells people not to take any casting rumor regarding his new movie "" for granted. Via his Facebook page, the director stated, "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."

The post has been deleted, but some movie sites already cited his statement. When IGN interpreted his statement as a denial, Gunn quickly cleared things up by saying, "I didn't deny (or confirm) specifics. I just said the majority of the Variety article was inaccurate. So your headline is off."

The Variety article, which Gunn referred to, said that "" alum and "" actor were the two frontrunners for the lead role of Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord, the human-alien hybrid who is the hero of the saga. Sturgess was among five actors who screen-tested for the role, while Marvel Studios reportedly was impressed by Levi's portrayal of Fandal in "".

Other names originally rumored to be included in the cast were (""), (""), ("", ""), (""), (""), ("X-Men"), and ("").

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is set for an August 1, 2014 release in the United States.

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