After numerous shortlists kept the online community speculating who would eventually be cast in Marvel's next big superhero gathering, Guardians of the Galaxy, the actor cast in the lead role as Star-Lord, the Guardians leader who is the offspring of a human mother and an alien father, is none other than Chris Pratt.
Pratt has gone from a funny man on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" to roles in Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty and his casting here makes a whole lot of sense as the Marvel universe seems attracted to witty actors with a sense of humor, but that same sense of dramatic timing. You see it in Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, which makes Pratt a good addition to the gang.
I'm not a comic reader, but from what I have read, Guardians of the Galaxy will be set in the future and feature the team fighting an evil race called the Badoom, and in the process they would supposedly travel back in time and cross paths with some of the Avengers team. Speculation says that Thanos, the giant being seen in the post-credits sequence following The Avengers would be in the film and Guardians of the Galaxy would serve as a precursor to The Avengers 2.
As for this Star Lord character, he is apparently a half-alien/half-human astronaut that eventually leads the titular Guardians, which is also made up of Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Racoon and Gamorra.
James Gunn (Slither) is set to direct for an August 1, 2014 release.