Hobbit star reveals what he thinks of Marvel's Guardians script

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

Everyone wants a part in Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie plays a crucial role in Marvel Studios' next phase of films. We recently learned that eight actors are up for the lead in the superhero flick. One of them is The Hobbit's Lee Pace, who's already read the script.

While promoting The Hobbit, Pace spoke to MTV about his big Guardians audition. He revealed, "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. The character is a lot of fun."

The character he's referring to is Star-Lord, aka Peter Quill. He's the half-alien, half-human who leads the charge. He's an excellent marksman, has superstrength and an awesome weapon—an element gun. Pace has been studying the character and likes what he sees.

"I have been [reading up on Star-Lord]," he said. "You want to know what you're doing ... I hope it works out." Most actors hate the auditioning process, but Pace thrives in it. "I've got to go get it. I actually love auditioning, so I'm happy to go meet them all and do it."

Pace's Star-Lord competition includes Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), James Marsden (X-Men Trilogy), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) and Sullivan Stapleton (Cinemax's Strike Back).

Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters Aug. 1, 2014.

(via MTV)