The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Mixed martial artist and WWE wrestler Dave Bautista has closed his deal to play Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios’ sci-fi adventure movie being directed by James Gunn.
Bautista has been in the mix for the part since late last year, competing with actors such asIsaiah Mustafa, Patrick Wade and Jason Momoa.Momoa was pegged as the man for the gig in February by online geek blogs — prematurely, it turns out.
Bautista now becomes the second actor after Chris Prattto join the project, which has ties to The Avengers and will connect to other Marvel movies.
While Bautista has been wrestling for more than a decade, it’s only in the last couple of years that he’s been pile-driving his way into acting. Last year, he appeared in The Man With the Iron Fists playing a villain named Brass Body, and he will be seen squaring off against Vin Diesel in Riddick, which opens Sept. 6.