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Three days ago, Joss Whedon handed in his outline for ‘The Avengers 2’, but he isn’t the only one assembling a team for Marvel Studios’ Phase Two. Director James Gunn has started to put together his cast for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, starting with the leader of the team, Peter Quill, the half human half alien known as Star-Lord. An extensive short list of actors was released earlier this month and included the likes of Hollywood’s hottest rising stars such as Eddie Redmayne, Garrett Hedlund, Jack Huston, and Jim Sturgess, plus Joel Edgerton, James Marsden, and Sullivan Stapleton. Recently, one of the more interesting choices on the list spoke about his upcoming audition for Marvel’s intergalactic peacekeeping team.

In an interview with MTV to promote ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, ‘Pushing Daisies’ star Lee Pace confirmed that he would be meeting with the fine folks at Marvel to audition for the lead in the 2014 film. On the red carpet, he shared:

“I go in on Monday to meet them all and audition for it, so wish me luck…I’m very excited about it. The script is great…I have been [reading up on Star-Lord]. You want to know what you’re doing. The character is a lot of fun. I hope it works out.”

Though he wouldn’t be my first choice for the role, Marvel has done a great job in casting their movies and has surprised their audiences with their picks. Even when a casting choice was found to be universally iffy, things ended up working out very well. The best examples that I can think of were Chris Evans as Captain America and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Therefore, no matter who they go with in the end, I believe that Gunn and his team will pick the right person for the role.

For the whole interview, watch the video below where Pace talks about the potential multi-picture role and his competition:

Who do you think should step into the ability-enhancing shoes of the Star-Lord? Do you like Lee Pace’s chances? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is scheduled to hit theaters on August 1st, 2014.