Per Deadline, director James Gunn has finally found his Star-Lord in “Zero Dark Thirty” actor Chris Pratt, who is perhaps better known for his role on “Parks and Recreation.” As Star-Lord, Pratt will serve as the lead in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” due in theaters August 2014.

Pratt beat out a number of actors for this gig, including his “Zero Dark Thirty” costar, Joel Edgerton. We know Pratt can get himself into superhero-shape, and he’s shown the sense of comedic timing needed to succeed in this role. Marvel has a great track record for casting male leads in its films, so don’t be surprised when Pratt turns in a stellar performance next year.