'Star Trek' star joins Minnesota native in new Marvel comic book movie


The cast for big-screen adaptation of the Marvel comic book "Guardians of the Galaxy" is starting to take shape, and it includes a native Minnesotan and a star of the new "Star Trek" films in the lead roles.

Virginia, Minn.-born Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the film, the son of a human mother and an alien father who leads a team of interstellar superheroes.

The Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday that joining Pratt in the film is actress Zoe Saldana, who will play the green-skinned humanoid Gamora.

Saldana stars as Uhura in "Star Trek" and its upcoming sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness." She also did the motion capture acting for the alien Neytiri in "Avatar."

The film, directed by James Gunn, is set for an Aug. 1, 2014, release.

Pratt, who grew up in Washington state, currently stars as Andy Dwyer on the NBC sitcom "Parks & Recreation" (pictured in the show, above), and his film credits include "Moneyball," "The Five-Year Engagement" and "Zero Dark Thirty."

Pratt is current recording a voice role for the upcoming animated adventure "The Lego Movie," which also stars the voices of Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell and Will Arnett.

"The Lego Movie" is set for a Feb. 7, 2014, release.

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