Jason Momoa is Drax The Destroyer in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:41 am,

Jason Momoa Topless Game of Thrones Jason Momoa is Drax The Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy [Updated]

Bullet to the Head wasn’t the success or epic action film that Sylvester Stallone hoped it could be, but it was a great vehicle for supporting actor Jason Momoa to get some positive buzz back in his corner after starring as Conan the Barbarian.

Momoa had a limited but impressive role in HBO’s Game of Thrones and now he’s joining one of the world’s biggest film franchises, as one of the core members of Marvel Studios’ upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy.

Latino-Review – who’ve been leading the charge in dropping Guardians news bits before Marvel even confirmed the film – has the scoop on the major casting news, and according to their trusted (and proven) sources, Jason Momoa will play Drax the Destroyer.

According to the report, Momoa won Marvel’s attention with an impressive screen test and they immediately offered him the part. He’s currently in negotiations to join the James Gunn written and directed film.

Drax is the second character to be cast, with Chris Pratt signing up as the film’s lead Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord last week. Unsubstantiated rumors previously listed Isaiah Mustafa (center in the below image), Brian Patrick Wade (left) and Dave Bautista (right) as being up for the role.

Isaiah Mustafa Brian Patrick Wade Dave Bautista 570x256 Jason Momoa is Drax The Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy [Updated]

With his physically focused roles in Stargate Atlantis, Conan the Barbarian and Game of Thrones, Momoa is no stranger to showing off his upper body muscles and wielding bladed weapons, and that’s exactly what Guardians of the Galaxy needs. Take a look at the official Guardians concept art version of Drax to see – looks like Momoa will make due without the long hair for this role:

Guardians of the Galaxy Drax the Destroyer 570x333 Jason Momoa is Drax The Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy [Updated]

Like Pratt, Momoa is another great pick-up for the franchise, as someone who has many years ahead of him in the business, is on the edge of becoming a star in Hollywood, and can easily become a fan-favorite – especially as the ruthless Drax whose one objective in life, after dying as a human and being re-purposed as a weapon, is to hunt down and destroy Thanos.

James Gunn has very clear and specific ideas for each of the characters according to executive producer Victoria Alonso, and next, needs to cast voice actors for Rocket Raccoon and Groot, while choosing a female lead for Gamora. Other characters they may be casting for include Nova, Quasar, and potentially many other beings from Marvel’s cosmic universe. Pre-production and special effects/animation work has already begun and principal photography begins this June in London.

[Update: Additional reports indicate Momoa and his agent were in negotiations for higher pay and it’s gotten to the point where Marvel Studios has re-begun screen testing other actors for the role.]

More shortly… Let me know on Twitter if you approve of this casting @rob_keyes.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and Doctor Strange sometime after that.

Source: Latino-Review

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  1. Yes why not pick the worst actor Momoa to do the role.. I think a tree could easily stand in for him and probably do a better job… Anyone except Jason Momoa….


      Every episode title has something to do with the color red. What if Red John is somehow involved in every episode? And there is ONE person mentioned in EVERY episode of the show (other than the main cast). And how great it would be if the true identity of RJ was mentioned in every episode?

      That person has a great amount of power/influence. He urges the CBI to go on cases, and also gets updates on the team and their cases. He could have “easily” got Jane out of his murder charge. He is rich and yet unseen. He would have connections to all branches of the government.

      If you haven’t guessed it yet…the answer is…THE ATTORNEY FREAKING GENERAL. @ASH – Jason Mamoa is stupid man, he definantly blew an oppertunity of a lifetime. Because of his greed and high demands Marvel passed on him and chose ‘Dave Batista’ instead. This guy is going to be relagated to sh*tty B level action films for the rest of his career until he’s too old play in action films anymore and end up a has been. I don’t find him to be a great actor by any means myself, you just can’t miss out on oppertunities like this, especially with his track record of box office flops. Oh well, he get’s to keep on starring in crappy action films, haha.