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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Also Racing to Lead 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

January 3, 2013 (5:05 am) GMT
The 'Dark Knight Rises' actor is the latest name mentioned as the potential candidate to play Peter Quill in the space hero movie to be directed by James Gunn.

Another actor has been rumored to be circling the coveted part of Peter Quill in "". Deadline reports that has been added to the shortlist of actors to play the leader who is also known as Star-Lord.

Though the site claims that Gordon-Levitt is in the mix, it is still unclear whether the "" star has officially been offered the role or not. The Los Angeles-born actor has just come out of "", which left him in an intriguing position as the Batman trilogy finished.

In Marvel universe, Star-Lord leads a group of alien superheros including Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Drax the Destroyer and Gamora to protect the solar system from an evil force. They come from the future and another dimension. In the comics, the Guardians also work with The Avengers to protect the universe.

Previously, a number of actors were named the potential candidates to snatch the part. They included , , , , and . Words are, , and are also interested to tackle the role.

Despite the swirling reports about the casting news, director James Gunn insisted that those rumors were "inaccurate." He recently claimed via his Facebook account, "I didn't deny (or confirm) specifics. I just said the majority of the Variety article was inaccurate. So your headline is off."

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" film project has hired Black List scribe Chris McCoy as the screenwriter. The movie reportedly will follow a far-future story revolving around a group of alien beings - each the last of their kind - who eventually travel back in time to protect the earth from alien invasion. Marvel plans to release the flick Stateside on August 1, 2014.

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