We've some more info from Marvel president Kevin Feige on James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy. In an interview with EW, he discusses what he likes about the story, and what we can expect to see in it. He also talks about Chris Pratt's character in the film, and why he was cast as Star-Lord.
As for the new piece of concept art above it features a young Peter Quill with his first close encounter on Earth, before he is whisked away to the far reaches of the galaxy. Here's what Feige has to say about how the movie fits in with the rest of the Marvel cinematic universe, and teases the story and characters a little.
Guardians takes place within the continuity of the [other movies] but it’s on the other side of the universe. We’ve always wanted to do a space movie. I’m obsessed with Star Wars, I’m obsessed with Star Trek.
It’s a huge story on a massive canvas. We can take it to all those crazy places as long as all the characters respond in an emotionally truthful way. That’s why I believe people are going to respond to Chris Pratt and to an alien Zoë Saldana—because they did respond to that one time before [with Avatar]. And to a tree and a raccoon who, it is certainly our intention, will steal the whole movie.
On top of Pratt and Saldana, the film will also star Lee Pace as the villain, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Michael Rooker as Yondu, and Ophelia Lovibond as an aid to The Collector. I like that they cast Pratt in the lead role in the film. I think he's going to be great. Feige goes on to talk about him saying,
He’s a hilariously frumpy, doofy guy in Parks and Rec, and he’s an incredibly kickass ripped guy in Zero Dark Thirty and that’s pretty awesome. He’s going to need that in Guardians. That’s a big range right there.
We did a lot of auditions, a lot of screen tests, just as we did for Thor, just as we did for Cap. [Pratt] was hilarious, he was moving, he was … you bought him in the early versions of the outfit.
As for why they cast Bautista in the film he said,
One of the reasons Bautista got the part was because his banter, and ad libs, and screen tests with Pratt were awesome.
I'm excited to see whom they end up casting in the role of the genetically engineered gunslinging varmint Rocket Racoon, and the giant fighting tree Groot.
The movie is scheduled to start shooting in June, and it's set to be released on August 1st, 2014. This movie is going to be a huge hit!