Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time!
Empire's Guardians Of The Galaxy Cover
Does Star Wars Have A Brain Trust?
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: 6 Issues For £15!
Subscribe today and save 37% off the cover price!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Xena's Lucy Lawless Joins Agents Of SHIELD
From Lernaean Hydra to actual Hydra
Exclusive Before I Go To Sleep Poster
Firth, Kidman and Strong give us the evils
Anthony Hopkins And Evan Rachel Wood Head To Westworld
Joining HBO and Jonah Nolan's killer robot pilot
New The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Still
Look to the skies!
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
21 July 2014
Colin Trevorrow Debuts New Jurassic World Poster
Just in time for Comic-Con...
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Guardians Of The Galaxy
31 July 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Her (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Lego Movie (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Delivery Man (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Bullet To The Head (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Movie 43 (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Dave Bautista Is Drax The Destroyer
For Guardians Of The Galaxy

15 March 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

Dave Bautista Is Drax The Destroyer

Last month, it appeared that Conan remake star Jason Momoa had won over Marvel executives to score the role of hulking warrior Drax The Destroyer in the company’s far-out space tale Guardians Of The Galaxy. But that remained rumour, and indeed someone else has been signed for the role, with former wrestler Dave Bautista taking on Drax instead.

Bautista, who got his start in entertainment via the WWF/WWE, has been slowly inching his way into film and TV with such projects as House Of The Rising Son, The Scorpion King 3: Battle For Redemption, last year’s The Man With The Iron Fists and, more unexpectedly, Werner Herzog’s My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done.

Guardians promises to be his highest profile role yet, one he won despite competition from Momoa, Isaiah Mustafa and Patrick Wade.

The character (who also goes by the slightly less superheroic name Arthur Douglas) began life as a human whose family was attacked and killed by Thanos (the purple villain introduced at the end of Avengers Assemble). He’s given a second chance at life by Kronos, who puts his spirit into the powerful new Drax body, designed to take on Thanos. He then joined the Guardians in their battle against the evil being. 

Director James Gunn already has Chris Pratt signed up as Guardian leader Star-Lord, and we expect a flood of casting to start soon as Gunn kicks off shooting this year for an August 1, 2014 release. Bautista will also be seen as a space-borne tough guy in Riddick opposite Vin Diesel. That’s set for September 6 in the States, but there’s no UK release date just yet.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Empire's Warwick Davis Podcast Special
On Willow, Star Wars, Lucas and more...
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce

Your Comments

Drax looks like a Dave
Bring on the Groot & Rocket Racoon ! More

Posted by danielthompson99 at 16:08 on 17 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
... which was 36 years ago, yep, I'm sure the market's still exactly the same More

Posted by Guinevere at 21:21 on 15 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE:
You mean like in Star Wars: A New Hope...? More

Posted by marcus_fuller at 19:58 on 15 March 2013 | Report This Post

Hmm, I really think they need some big names to get involved with this. More alien-type figures are hard to sell and they're gonna need a lot more star weight than a fairly unknown ex-wrestler More

Posted by Guinevere at 13:55 on 15 March 2013 | Report This Post

Lotta hate on the web for him...
Shame really....I think he'll be fine...like The Rock he's there for the big fights and to look mean as hell without the awful CGI effects or bad rubber muscle suits...(Remember Vinnie 'I'm the Juggernaut bitch' Jones) All in all this has me intrigued....James Gunn...Legend.. Chris Pratt was a left field choice like Chris Hemsworth.... In Marvel we trust? More

Posted by kirk at 13:30 on 15 March 2013 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
'I Have The Club But I Didn't Get The Lion's Head'
Dwayne Johnson (and pals) talks Hercules props, action and ancient superheroes

Classic Feature: The Making Of The Silence Of The Lambs
Is this the most frightening movie ever made?

Classic Feature: Jack Nicholson - Gods Among Us
Charisma, consistency and cunning summed up in a single word: Jack.

Director Matt Reeves Spills Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Secrets
What we learned from our Empire podcast spoiler special

Peter Fonda On Peter Fonda
The Hollywood legend relives his career highlights

Kevin Feige Talks Ant-Man, Guardians Of The Galaxy And Doctor Strange
The Marvel boss updates us on the state of his cinematic universe

Video: Gary Oldman And Keri Russell Talk Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Would you watch Carry On Up The Planet Of The Apes?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)