Joel Edgerton Reveals Rejection for Star-Lord Role in Guardians of the Galaxy

Actor Joel Edgerton auditioned for the role of Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy but was rejected due to misunderstanding the film's tone. Chris Pratt ultimately landed the role, which Edgerton believes was the right fit.

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Joel Edgerton Reveals Rejection for Star-Lord Role in Guardians of the Galaxy

Joel Edgerton Reveals Rejection for Star-Lord Role in Guardians of the Galaxy

Actor Joel Edgerton, known for his roles in sci-fi titles such as Star Wars and its Obi-Wan Kenobi series, has disclosed that he auditioned for the role of Star-Lord in the 2014 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Guardians of the Galaxy. However, Edgerton was ultimately rejected for the part due to his misunderstanding of the film's tone, which differed from director James Gunn's vision.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Edgerton revealed, "Star-Lord's a good one, actually, because I, unlike Chris, didn't quite sort of understand the tone of it the way he did and the way that those guys did and I wasn't really sure how I could be a part of that tone." The role eventually went to Chris Pratt, who has since portrayed Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy and two Avengers films.

Despite the rejection, Edgerton believes that Pratt was the perfect fit for the role, stating, "And I truly think that the world is a much better place, I'm not Star-Lord, even if I had the opportunity or I did a good enough audition, because it is the way it's meant to be." Edgerton acknowledged that there was never a definitive conversation about him securing the role, and it was simply an opportunity to audition.

Edgerton was not the only actor considered for the role of Star-Lord. Other contenders included Jack Huston, Eddie Redmayne, Glenn Howerton, and Adam Brody. The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, directed by James Gunn and backed by Marvel Studios, has become a major success, spawning two sequels: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in 2017 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2023.

The Guardians of the Galaxy films feature a star-studded cast, including Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Will Poulter, and Pom Klementieff. Despite missing out on the role of Star-Lord, Edgerton's career continues to thrive. He currently stars in the Apple TV+ sci-fi drama-thriller series Dark Matter, based on the novel by Blake Crouch, alongside Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly.

Key Takeaways

  • Joel Edgerton auditioned for Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) but was rejected.
  • Edgerton misunderstood the film's tone, differing from director James Gunn's vision.
  • Chris Pratt ultimately landed the role of Star-Lord/Peter Quill.
  • Edgerton believes Pratt was the perfect fit for the role.
  • Edgerton currently stars in Apple TV+'s Dark Matter series alongside Jennifer Connelly.