urx unit loader Chris Pratt cast as Star Lord in Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
chris pratt guardians of the galaxy zero dark thirty 2013 gi Chris Pratt cast as Star Lord in Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'Chris Pratt has landed the coveted lead role in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

The sci-fi action epic is part of the official Marvel Universe and will introduce a group of alien superheroes who are known to team with The Avengers in comic book mythology. Deadline broke the news Pratt will play the group’s leader, Star-Lord (a.k.a. Peter Quill), a half-human half-alien hero.

It’s a coup for “Parks and Recreation” star Pratt, who had not been mentioned in the leaked casting shortlists. His casting follows a futile attempt to woo Joseph Gordon-Levitt onto the project.

Signing on as a Marvel superhero also means Pratt will likely need to get back in fighting shape. He’s currently on screen in the Oscar-nominated hit “Zero Dark Thirty” as a buff Navy SEAL. But he recently packed on the pounds to play a sleazy lawyer in the Vince Vaughn movie “Starbuck.”

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is scheduled to be released August 1, 2014.