Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn confirms that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Glenn Howerton, was his second choice to play Star Lord.

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn confirms It’s always sunny in Philly Glenn Howerton was his second choice to play Star-Lord. Gunn rose to fame after directing the Marvel Cinematic Universe film, bringing the rogue’s gallery of space characters to the big screen. He also wrote and directed the 2016 follow-up and will be returning for the closest trilogy. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which will be released in 2023, after being fired and then rehired by Disney. Together with Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy made Chris Pratt a star for his lead role as Peter Quill / Star-Lord, and he has reprized the role three times since then, with at least two more appearances to come.

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On the other hand, Howerton is best known for playing Always sunny in Philly Dennis Reynolds, having helped create the show with his co-star Rob McElhenny. Outside of that show, Howerton is the star of NBC AP Bio and appeared in Fargo season 1, but his film career has not been prolific. However, he might as well have been known for a starring role in the MCU, at least according to Gunn’s recent post on social media.

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During an extensive question and answer session on his Instagram stories, Gunn A fan asked if anyone else fans knew had auditioned for the role of Star-Lord. Gunn said he would never say anything if the actor hadn’t already revealed it, but confirmed that Howerton, who has spoken about it before, was his second choice for the role behind Pratt. Howerton then he responded, saying it “still hurts” to know that he was lost by such a small margin. You can see screenshots of their stories below:

James Gunn on Glenn Howerton missing Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy

Glenn Howerton on missing Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy

While Howerton was successful with It’s always sunny in Philly, it is clear that he is upset that he has missed world stardom and several big awards like Star-Lord. Still, when responding to Gunn’s story with a joke, it is also clear that he has no ill will towards Gunn, with the pair staying on good terms.

And who knows, maybe Gunn has plans for Howerton in the future. There is no question that the actor has the perfect combination of charm and sarcasm to be well used in one of Gunn’s films, so hopefully, they can collaborate on something in the future. For now, however, Howerton has to see Pratt thrive in his role as Star-Lord in Guardians of the galaxy movies, knowing he was one step away from the role.

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Source: James Gunn/ Glenn Howerton/ Instagram

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