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Chris Pratt to lead 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Chris Pratt has signed on to the lead role in Marvel's upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Story highlights

  • Chris Pratt will play the lead character in "Guardians of the Galaxy"
  • He'll portray Star Lord, the half-human, half-alien leader of a team of space-traveling heroes
  • With director James Gunn aboard, there's a chance it could be an outright comedy

Chris Pratt's career is about to soar out of this world — or, more accurately, out of this galaxy.

EW has confirmed that the "Parks and Recreation" funnyman will play the lead character in Marvel's upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy," a key part of Marvel's Phase Two plan. Deadline first reported the news.

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Pratt, who recently slimmed down (and bulked up) for his role in "Zero Dark Thirty," will play Star Lord, the half-human, half-alien leader of a bio-engineered team of space-traveling heroes. That team includes a green-skinned warrior, a gun-slinging raccoon, a female alien assassin and a fearsome tree-being.

With director James Gunn, the man behind the shlocky masterpiece that is "Slither," and newly-crowned leading man Pratt, is there a chance that "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be an outright superhero comedy?

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    The source material certainly suggests that the film could work as a totally ridiculous adventure, but we'll obviously have to wait and see what tone the filmmakers choose.

    See the original story at EW.com.