Dave Bautista Cast in Guardians of the Galaxy

Posted March 16th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

The Guardians of the Galaxy casting for Drax the Destroyer, a human was killed along with his family by Thanos (the big bad for The Avengers 2) only to be resurrected by having his spirit placed in a powerful body (seen far left in the above concept image), is now official. Dave Bautista – the former WWE wrestler who has transitioned to acting with roles in films like The Man With the Iron Fists and the upcoming Riddick – is taking on the part.

Last month news broke that Jason Momoa has been selected for the role but negotiations ended up breaking down leading Marvel to move to Bautista instead. Earlier in February Chris Pratt was tabbed to play the leader Star-Lord.

Directed by James Gunn Guardians of the Galaxy is slated to release on August 1, 2014. It follows Iron Man 3 (May 3, 2013), Thor: The Dark World (November 8, 2013), and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014) making it the last of the individual properties before leading in to The Avengers 2 (May 1, 2015).