Almost a month ago, it was being reported that Marvel was close to finding their Drax the Destroyer for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. At the time, it was said that Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian, Stargate Atlantis, Game of Thrones) was in the lead for the role. It was even said that he was liked so much that negotiations were taking place over a contract. Well either that was incorrect or things fell apart. Because now it is being reported by Heat Vision that Marvel has signed WWE Wrestler and Mixed Martial Arts Fighter, Dave Bautista. Those that are not wrestling or MMA fans, might recognize him from The Man with the Iron Fists that came out last year. He played Brass Body in the film.
I honestly have to say I’m pretty shocked by this. Sure Bautista was reported as one of the actors Marvel was looking at for the role, but I thought it sounded like Momoa was a sure in. And he certainly has the physique and demeanor to pull off the role of Drax the Destroyer too. Not that I don’t think Bautista doesn’t, the guy is a beast. I’m sure he’ll fill the role just as well. If this turns out to be legit and finalized, this will be the second role cast for Guardians of the Galaxy, as it was reported last month that Chris Pratt was cast as Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord). (Source: THR)