Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Director James Gunn Comments on Internet Rumors & Casting

Along with highly anticipated sequels to their Iron Man, Thor and Captain America film franchises, Marvel Studios is prepping to release the sci-fi actioner Guardians of the Galaxy in August 2014.

U.S. fighter pilot Peter Quill ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons -- Drax The Destroyer, a green warrior with the deadly purpose, a giant tree-man named Groot, Rocket Raccoon, a genetically engineered animal with a knack for guns and explosives and Gamora, an assassin and the last survivor of her species -- who have something everyone wants.

James Gunn (Super) will direct Guardians of the Galaxy and also re-write the script which was originally put together by Nicole Perlman and Chris McCoyas. Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation, Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty) was recently cast for the lead role of Peter Quill, the son of a human mother and alien father who will come to assume the mantle of Star-Lord.

Gunn recently took to FormSpring, the social media question/answer platform, to respond to a few questions about his work. Guardians of the Galaxy was obviously one of the most touched upon topics, and Gunn managed to answer a few questions regarding casting (he said "most of our casting will happen out of the UK") and working with Marvel Studios but remained tight-lipped about story specifics:

"I can't even do any interviews at all right now. This is the closest thing. And - btw - I can't answer all these Guardians of the Galaxy questions right now. We have lots of surprises in store for you guys, but we can't let them out for a while. That said, don't believe everything your read!

"I am shrouding myself in secrecy for the time being so your enjoyment of GotG will be fully realized as we release the details little by little. TRUST ME."

Q: When someone does a screentest for a movie, do they do deal, and then screentest for a movie with the deal already in place, like actors do for a TV pilot, or do they screentest, you see if you like them, and then you make a deal with them?

"I think they can do either, but I've only ever done screen tests with people when they already have a deal in place."

Q: As it's being made by Marvel, is GotG going to be a part of the same wider film universe as The Avengers and co. or is it just going to be its own thing?

"Same universe (different galaxy)."

Q: Ok so you're keeping the GOTG stuff close to the chest..but would you be interested in directing another Marvel movie in the future?

"Okay one more - without a doubt. So far, working with Marvel has been the highlight of my working life. I love these guys."

Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled for theatrical release on August 1st, 2014, following the release of Iron Man 3 on May 3rd, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, and Captain America: The Winter Solider on April 4th, 2014 and The Avengers. It will be the final solo film in Marvel Studios' Phase 2 slate that culminates with The Avengers sequel on May 1st, 2015.