For the longest time, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been attached to one comic book film after another. However, it appears that an old WWE sparring partner of his has gotten a superhero film first.
The Hollywood Reporter states that Dave Bautista, who wrestled in the WWE under the name Batista, has been cast as Drax the Destroyer in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film. He joins Chris Pratt in the cast.
While the majority of Bautista’s film work consists of direct-to-video fare, his acting profile has increased considerably in the recent past. He played Brass Body in last year’s The Man With the Iron Fists and plays a mercenary named Diaz in September’s Riddick.
Batista does match up physically for the role (and, depending on which comic book incarnation of the character you choose, is actually much more muscular than the original) and he had better than average microphone skills over his wrestling career. So, he could be a nice addition to the cast. Now, onto the Gamora casting!