Last month we heard that Jason Momoa was a virtual lock for the role of Drax the Destroyer in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel’s next high-profile property. Turns out there was more virtual than lock there, as The Hollywood Reporter says that Dave Bautista has actually won the role. In addition to Momoa, Bautista is also supposed to have beat out Isaiah Mustafa and Patrick Wade for the part.
Bautista is a mixed martial arts fighter and WWE wrestler. He’s got a few movies on his resume, most notably last year’s “The Man with the Iron Fists” and the upcoming “Riddick.”
Arthur Douglas was a human whose family was attacked and killed by the supervillain Thanos. Needing a champion to combat Thanos, the being known as Kronos took Arthur’s spirit and placed it in a powerful new body, and Drax the Destroyer was born. Drax’s powers included enhanced strength and resilience, flight, and the ability to project energy blasts from his hands. The character often battled Thanos, and on occasion the superheroes Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock. He was also a member of the group known as the Infinity Watch.
In 2004, the character lost his flight and energy blasts, and a portion of his strength and resilience. This version of the character played a role in the crossover comic book events Annihilation and Annihilation: Conquest, and became a member of the relaunched Guardians of the Galaxy.
Chris Pratt has been cast as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, the lead role in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” James Gunn is directing. The movie is set for an August 1, 2014 release.