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Saldana’s Guardians of the Galaxy co-star Chris Pratt Turned Down For Kirk Role + New Saldana Featurette

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In August Star Trek’s Zoe Saldana will be seen in space on the big screen again in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. And it has just been revealed that her Guardians co-star Chris Pratt was rejected for the role of the new Kirk. Details below plus new featurette with Saldana.

Pratt Turned Down For Kirk

In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, Zoe Saldana’s Guardians of the Galaxy co-star Chris Pratt reveals that he auditioned for the roles of Captain Kirk for the 2009 Star Trek movie (losing out to Chris Pine) and for Jake Sully in Avatar (losing out to Sam Worthington).

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Pratt on cover of new EW – reveals he auditioned for role of Capt. Kirk

Saldana of course landed roles in both Star Trek and Avatar, so it appears that the third time was the charm for Pratt to break out from his Parks and Recreation role and get a chance to go into space with Zoe.

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Saldana and Pratt in "Guardians of the Galaxy" (Marvel)

Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1st, with Zoe Saldana playing the green alien thief Gamora. Marvel has released a new featurette, featuring Zoe talking about the role. Watch it below.

And here is an extended trailer for the film…

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Dee - lvs moonsurface
July 15, 2014 6:04 pm

So, the conclusion… Zoe is the big winner always! :)

MattR
July 15, 2014 6:30 pm
I am not Herbert
July 15, 2014 6:38 pm

…he’s pretty damn funny! =)

(too funny for Kirk)(wouldn’t fit with the fake-ness of nu-trek)

he’ll be WAY better in GotG ;-)

Vultan
July 15, 2014 6:52 pm

Pratt looks a bit like Errol Flynn on that EW cover.

Claire
July 15, 2014 7:49 pm

He looks better now than he did some years ago, but he lacks the charisma and presence Chris Pine has as Kirk.

Pine is a perfect pick for Kirk, regardless of what some deluded reboot-haters might like to tell themselves.

Son of Jello
July 15, 2014 8:09 pm

I think the whiskers could have been funnier but I will wait until I see the entire movie.

Disinvited
July 16, 2014 7:02 am

#6. Son of Jello – July 15, 2014

Now a beard fad would have been a credible Nero induced changed. Or that resources devoted to defense in his wake never allowed whatever tech it is they used to go beardless.

Always wondered how amnesiac Kirk stayed beard-free when he married and impregnated Miramanee in THE PARADISE SYNDROME?

Nony
July 16, 2014 7:02 am

It’s interesting thinking about what could have been, casting-wise. Joshua Jackson went out for both Kirk and Bones. Adrien Brody was up for Spock. I think the main cast they ended up with were the right choices, though.

Buzz cagney
July 16, 2014 9:18 am

Until Pine does a proper flying leg kick or punch the intercom button to open comms. he’s just another actor playing at it.

Tallguy
July 16, 2014 9:22 am

#7 – did the other men in the tribe have beards?

Disinvited
July 17, 2014 2:39 am

#10. Tallguy – July 16, 2014

The other tribesmen where descended from transplanted Amerinds which are known for their males’ lack of facial hair. Kirk was a farm fed Iowa boy who showed five o’clock shadow in many other episodes.

Marja
July 17, 2014 6:58 am

8 Nony, I can’t imagine what the makeup process would’ve been for Adrien Brody. His natural eyebrows kinda point the wrong way!

5 Claire I agree

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