So, who is going to play Star-Lord in the movie version of Guardians of The Galaxy? Rumors so far put both Zachary Levi and Jim Sturgess in the frame, but director James Gunn took to Twitter to deny those rumors – and then, very quickly, deleted those tweets. SpinOff Online has the story:
“Almost everything in the Variety article on the Guardians of the Galaxy casting (and the following articles based on it) was/is inaccurate,” Gunn tweeted first.
That annoyed Variety writer Jeff Sneider, who tweeted in response, “Also weird how Sturgess and Levi never denied it, and neither did Marvel. Maybe James isn’t on the same page as everyone else…”
When Gunn deleted his tweet, Sneider added, “Ah yes, the old ‘a posting he later removed.’ Believe me, if there was something grossly inaccurate, some1 would have called to bitch & moan”
After Gunn sent out his first tweet, IGN ran a story called “Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn denies report that Zachary Levi is in the running to play lead role.” Gunn then responded to that by saying, “I didn’t deny (or confirm) specifics. I just said the majority of the Variety article was inaccurate. So your headline is off.” He later deleted that tweet as well, but IGN has updated its story.
Is Marvel stepping in to tell Gunn to keep his Tweetmouth shut? After all, it seems to be Marvel Studios policy to not respond to Internet rumors based on past events, and instead enjoy the free publicity. Or are things going on in terms of casting that even Gunn isn’t privy to?