Marvel has begun their search for someone to play their central Guardians of the Galaxy protagonist--a guy named "Star-Lord," who shoots special guns and flies around in a sentient ship cleverly named "Ship." They do not seem to know quite what they're looking for in a Star-Lord.
According to Deadline, the studio has a shortlist of somewhere around eight actors, with at least five testing for the part and not a lot of commonality among them.
Though Les Misérables' Eddie Redmayne and Cloud Atlas's Jim Sturgess could fit inside Warrior's Joel Edgerton and pilot him through his beady little eyes, all three are apparently competing for the same role--as are Pushing Daisies' Lee Pace and Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston. The five are said to soon be testing (running around Marvel offices pretending to be flying and shooting guns, presumably).
Hearing that there was a new part for an exceedingly generic-looking white guy to lead a superhero team, X-Men's Cyclops James Marsden has also reportedly shown interest. TRON: Legacy's Garrett Hedlund and Edgerton's Animal Kingdom co-star Sullivan Stapleton are possibly in the running as well, because they too are 30-something white guys, so why not? The parts of fellow Guardians of the Galaxy heroes, like the talking space raccoon and giant sentient tree, are not yet being cast, as Marvel is still trying not to directly address that they're making a movie with those things.