Nathan Fillion Seemingly Passes on Risky Lead Role as Guardians of the Galaxy's Star Lord

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By Daniel Wolf

Easily being Marvel Studios' riskiest movies since they starting making their own films is undoubtedly 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy. Mainly because it is a lesser known group of cosmic heroes which includes a talking raccoon (Rocket Raccoon) and an alien tree-thingy (Groot).

Since this movie is such a big risk, Marvel could have a hard time finding an actor to play the leading character of Star Lord. And it appears actor Nathan Fillion may not be that guy either.

In a recent interview with MTV, Fillion pretty much says his current schedule with the television show Castle has him too busy to be in Guardians of the Galaxy.

“I’m very busy right now with a job that I’m grateful for," Fillion said to MTV. "I’ve made a commitment [to 'Castle'] and I have to see it through. And I’m really happy to.”

However, Fillion does mention how he was "on the inside" of knowing about the development of a Guardians movie before Marvel officially announced it at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con.

“We had dinner the other night and he told me all about ['Guardians of the Galaxy'], before everyone found out. I was on the inside on that one," Fillion said. "Over some toro, tuna belly, we discussed how excited he is, how nervous he is, but how he wanted it very badly. He wanted it very badly. I think it’s in very capable hands. It’s in the right hands. Having worked with the man, I know what he’s capable of.”

Before anyone starts jumping to conclusions in saying Fillion's insider knowledge of Guardians could mean he is lying about being too busy to be in the movie, both Fillion and Guardians director James Gunn were working together on Super. So in passing Gunn my have shared this information with Fillion to gauge his interest in playing Star Lord.

The jury is still out on this since Fillion's answer was not really a firm yes or a no answer too.

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