FINAL UPDATE 3/14/13
WWE’s Dave Bautista has officially signed on to play Drax The Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Because so many of have been asking me, I figure I update the story. So from what I understand, Jason Momoa is now officially out and Dave Baustista is flying in to meet with Marvel in Los Angeles this week to discuss the role of Drax. Bautista has been the good soldier, auditioning, and it now looks like he has outlasted not only Momoa, but Isiah Mustafa, and Brian Patrick Wade. Again, he is flying into Marvel to take a meeting. Could he get an offer? Maybe. Depending how he does in the room with the execs. I also think they’re trying to drum up fan support hence why you saw Vin Diesel drop a picture on his facebook page of him and Bautista in the upcoming Riddick. Let’s see how this plays out. Should be an interesting week.
So about that Planet Hulk thingie.
Where is the rule that says when a movie adapts a comic book it has to verbatim? Mark Ruffalo’s role in a Planet Hulk movie wouldn’t be reduced. There are huge chunks of that story where Hulk can revert back to Banner. Simple fix. Think dialogue scenes when he is not in the arena. Remember, The Avengers in the 3rd act set up that Banner now has control over his transformations. That is key. Yes, Ruffalo signed a six picture deal but think about it fanboy nation, you really believe we are going to see Ruffalo in only two other Avengers sequels? Does that make sense? If Marvel only wanted him for just Avengers sequels, Ruffalo’s team at UTA would have negotiated for only three pictures. Like I said before, how many times are we going to see Hulk smash puny humans and be on the run from General Ross, ESPECIALLY now that he is part of the Avenger initiative? Audiences absolutely loved when Hulk smashed puny aliens last summer. Some food for thought.
So what is going on with Guardians Of The Galaxy concerning Drax? Jason Momoa is still in the mix, but now I’m also told that former wrestler Dave Bautista is the other top candidate. It’s between them two actors. Half want Momoa who is holding out for a better deal, and the other half want Bautista who will next be seen in Universal’s Riddick. Bautista certainly has the physicality for the role.
I’m also hearing that actor Kevin Durand is in the mix for a role, but at this hour on a Friday night, I couldn’t find out for which part.
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