Guardians of the Galaxy director shoots down those casting rumors

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

Some casting news for Marvel's other super team-up, Guardians of the Galaxy, has leaked out recently, with two actors reportedly in the running to star in the comic-based flick. But director James Gunn says those reports are "completely inaccurate."

A story from Variety broke over the holiday break naming Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) and Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas, 21) as the top options to play the lead of Star-Lord, a half-human/half-alien interplanetary peacekeeper.

But Gunn took to Facebook to shoot down the casting rumors, which makes a fair amount of sense, considering it'd at least be tough for Levi to play two characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (he also has a supporting role in the upcoming Thor sequel).

Here's Gunn's statement, which has since been removed:

"Almost everything in that Variety article on the Guardians of the Galaxy casting (and all the following articles based on it) was/is completely inaccurate. Just for the record."
Garrett Hedlund, Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, James Marsden, Lee Pace, Eddie Redmayne, Sullivan Stapleton and Sturgess were all originally rumored to be in the running, and it wouldn't be much of a shocker if one of them eventually landed the role.

But it seems Gunn is adamant that they're not that far along in the casting process at this point.

What do you think? Who would you like to see headline what could be Marvel/Disney's most sci-fi superhero flick yet?

(Via Digital Spy)