Eddie testing for “Guardians of the Galaxy”?

Marvel sure does like their British and Aussie actors. With “Guardians Of The Galaxy” now less than two years from release, the studio is starting to get the cast in place for what is easily the most ambitious project on their slate (it has an alien tree creature and a pistol-wielding, talking raccoon, guys), and a ridiculously long laundry list of actors have been revealed as possibilities to star.

Deep breath — Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Lee Pace, Eddie Redmayne, Jim Sturgess, Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden and Sullivan Stapleton — are in the hunt for the lead role of Peter Quill. The short version of the story goes something like this: born of an alien race, Peter crash lands on Earth as a baby and is raised by humans. He eventually works at NASA, gets sent to a space station, where he encounters Master Of The Sun who names him the next Star-Lord. Fast-forward a bit and he’s part of the Guardians Of The Galaxy who team up with The Avengers to fight Thanos. And with this film arriving right before “The Avengers 2,” how much do you want to bet these two movies will cross-pollinate in a big way?

Thoughts? We think Marvel really needs to get someone with a commanding presence to sell this concept to the non-Marvel folks who will read this on paper and think it sounds ridiculous. It’s certainly an interesting mix and Deadline says there may be even more folks testing as well. The James Gunn directed film arrives on August 1, 2014.