27 Actors You Didn’t Know Were Almost Cast In Guardians of the Galaxy

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Marvel's next big franchise — Guardians of the Galaxy — doesn't hit theaters until August 1, but we think you should brush up on your movie knowledge before it comes out and becomes the world's galaxy's biggest movie. The basic outline of the plot is: "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."

Parks & Recreation star Chris Pratt got seriously ripped for the part or Peter Quill/Star Lord, and there are some other faces you might recognize. Zoe Saldana is part of yet another franchise as she stars as Gamora, and though he might not actually be on screen, Bradley Cooper is voicing a character named Rocket Raccoon. However, before these actors were chosen for their respective parts, there were quite a few other people who were considered.

Yes, to see 27 actors you didn't know were almost cast in Guardians of the Galaxy, click through the gallery below!