While it looks like Marvel has possibly found their two Guardian of The Galaxy male leads with Chris Pratt (Starlord) and rumored addition Jason Momoa (Drax The Destroyer). The studio hasn't exactly made it clear who they want for Gamora the female side of the team. We've been hearing a couple of names linked which have been from mostly untested sources but could be believed. I'm going to list the rumored candidates and my own choices. It shouldn't be too long before trades and more in tuned blogs start digging. My own choices include a few names that have been previously linked to Marvel projects.
I've posted this a couple of times but the rumored list of names for Gamora include Gina Carano (Haywire, Female Expendables, Fast And Furious 6), Adrianne Palicki (Red Dawn, G.I. Joe: Retalation), Rosario Dawson (Trance, Death Proof, Sin City 1-2), Olivia Wilde (Tron Legacy, Rush), Rachel Nichols (Star Trek, Conan, G.I. Joe, Alias), Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation, Faster, Sessions, Falling Skies) and Kristanna Loken (Burn Notice, Terminator 3, L Word, Painkiller Jane).
MY CASTING SUGGESTIONS
GEMMA ARTERTON: Gemma (RockNRolla, Quantum of Solace) had been in the mix for roles in both Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 previously. Being linked for Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Maya Henson (Rebecca Hall). Not to mention in the running for lead parts in Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises. She might have had a stumble with poor roles in films like Prince of Persia, Clash of The Titans and Witch Hunters but still manages to wrangle interesting smaller films like Alice Creed Byzantium and Runner Runner. I think with the right creative team she could finally deliver the goods.
ZOE SALDANA: Already making a name for herself starting with 2008's Star Trek reboot (with future Thor/Avengers star Chris Hemsworth) and it's sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (Benedict Cumberbatch who plays the villain is a fan favorite for Doctor Strange) coming this May. Zoe has also been apart of the biggest film ever made Avatar. While her performance was mostly motion capture it helped launch her international film career. Recently, Salanda has been taking more action focused roles in films such as the The Losers (alongside Cap/Avengers' Chris Evans and Thor's Idris Elba), Colombiana and Machete Kills.
JESSICA BROWN FINLAY: The British actress had been linked as a frontrunner for a female role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It's unknown if that part was for Sharon Carter the Downton Abbey actress is on their radar. Jessica also has a few working links with some Marvel actors such as Felicity Jones (Amazing Spider-Man 2) in Albatross, Michael Fassbender (X-Men First Class, X-Men Days of Future Past) in the short film Man On A Motorcycle, Terrence Howard (Iron Man) and Garrett Hedlund (Captain America/Guardians candidate) in Lullaby, William Hurt (Incredible Hulk) and Kevin Durand (Wolverine, Guardians?) in Winter's Tale.
EMILIA CLARKE: Like Jessica, Emilia was linked for Winter Soldier. Her attachment to the Game of Thrones series makes her a very strong candidate. As her fellow almuni have nabbed roles in X-Men Days of Future Past (Peter Dinklage) and Guardians of The Galaxy (Jason Momoa). Marvel Studios even took it further by hiring GOT showrunner and director Alan Taylor for Thor: The Dark World. While it seems weird that Marvel would hire two cast members from the same TV series they have hired actors who have worked together previously for chemistry sake.