Last night, July 7, Marvel and Disney gave people in select markets the opportunity to see 17 min. of footage from Guardians of the Galaxy, in IMAX 3D no less, but I passed. When I received the ticket for the sneak peek, I, along with most of the other people who got one, believed it was an advance screening of the movie and not just a clip. Even those that understood the difference were convinced the studio would surprise audiences with the entire film. This misconception was cleared up yesterday by director James Gunn, who insisted in no uncertain terms, that Marvel will not be screening the movie ahead of time. (This has already been disputed by several sources who claim they have already received word of such advance screenings). To make a long story short(ish), standing in line for two hours to see 17 minutes of footage for a movie that will be released in less than a month was just not my idea of a good time.
As a consolation prize, for all interested parties who couldn’t or wouldn’t go out to the theater last night, Fandango has issued a new extended trailer, one that really does have new footage in it. Peter Quill aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt) gathers together the “Guardians of the Galaxy” and attempts to motivate them to save the universe. Rocket just laughs.
Here you go (with thanks to Movieclips):
I have two takeaways from this clip:
1. I hope that the movie itself makes use of the classic rock that has been so effective under the many versions of the trailers. (eg: Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling”, The Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb”)
2. MILD SPOILER: I wish I did not know that Rocket Raccoon’s movements belong to the director’s brother, actor Sean Gunn, who performed a la Andy Serkis, in the motion capture suit, and not to Bradley Cooper who provides Rocket’s voice. Hopefully this knowledge won’t take me out of the movie the way it did this trailer. (If I’ve ruined anything for you, I apologize)
In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.
Here’s some trivia: Joel Edgerton, Eddie Redmayne, Jensen Ackles, Lee Pace, Wes Bentley, Jack Huston, Cam Gigandet, Sullivan Stapleton, Logan Marshall-Green, Garrett Hedlund, Chris Lowell, James Marsden, Jim Sturgess, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aaron Paul, Michael Rosenbaum, Glenn Howerton and John Krasinski all auditioned and screen tested for the role of Peter Quill/Star Lord. Director James Gunn, however, has revealed that Chris Pratt’s audition was so good, he was prepared to offer him the role even if Pratt could not get in shape in time, joking that he was willing to CGI a six pack on Pratt’s body. This wasn’t necessary, as we know, since Pratt ended up losing 60 pounds and becoming completely shredded.
Guardians of the Galaxy, which also stars Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Djimon Hounsou, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Benicio Del Torro, Glenn Close, Laura Haddock, John C. Reilly, Karen Gillan and Josh Brolin, opens over most of planet Earth on either July 31 or August 1, depending on where you are with reference to the international dateline, I guess.