It seems WWE fights really wants to follow in Dwayne Johnson’s footsteps by making it big in Hollywood. Last year he appeared in Scorpion King 3 and starred in RZA’s fight flick The Man With The Iron Fists, while this year he’ll be seen in Riddick.
Now he’s been confirmed for his biggest role yet, playing Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, according to THR. Jason Momoa was previously in talks to take on the part, although he lost out by hoping for a better deal from the studio (seemingly not realising that Marvel doesn’t do better deals, as people are so keen to be part of the Marvel world that it doesn’t need to). Isaiah Mustafa and Brian Patrick were also in contention for the role.
So far Chris Pratt is the only other confirmed cast member member for the film. He’ll play Peter Quill, aka Star Lord. Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer was born as a human called Arthur Phillips. After he was murdered by Thanos, he was given a powerful new body and spirit by Kronos. The green warrior was resurrected with the sole purpose of killing by being that killed him. His powers include super-human strength and the ability to emit energy blasts.
James Gunn is set to direct, with the movie shooting in Britain later this year.