Marvel and director James Gunn have found their Drax the Destroyer for Guardians of the Galaxy! Mixed martial artist and WWE wrestler Dave Bautista will be taking on the role.
At one point it looked like Jason Momoa was going to get the role, but for one reason or another it didn't work out. Bautista is the second official actor to join the cast. Chris Pratt was previously cast as the main character Star-Lord. Bautista has been in other films such as The Man With The Iron Fists and the upcoming Vin Diesel film Riddick.
Drax is a former saxophonist named Arthur Sampson Douglas whose family was killed by the Titanian Eternal Thanos while driving across the Mojave Desert. A character named Kronos recovered Douglas' astral form and used it to create a superhuman warrior for the purpose of defeating Thanos. His powers include flight, super-strength and energy blasts.
Other characters that have yet to be cast include Groot, a giant tree-man; Rocket Raccoon, a genetically engineered animal with a knack for guns and explosives; and Gamora, the last survivor of her species who was saved by Thanos to be his assassin but ends up fighting against him.
I imagine Bautista will get a CGI facelift, but he should be good in the role.