Wrestler Dave Bautista Cast as Drax the Destroyer in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

The Hollywood Reporter…reports…that former WWE superstar Dave Bautista has signed on to play Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Game of Thrones and Conan the Barbarian star Jason Momoa was previously rumored as the frontrunner for the role of the emerald assassin, but unfortunately tapped out. During and after exiting the WWE, Bautista appeared in a direct to video Scorpion King sequel and the upcoming Ridick film. 

Mad Titan Thanos has yet to formally respond to Bautista’s ladder match invite, but is said to have soiled his royal blue sweat suit.


  1. Remember when people wanted triple h to play Thor? Yea this sounds as brutal.

  2. Much as I’d love to see Drogo as Drax, and apprehensive as I am to see a wrestler act, I trust Marvel on this one. They’ve done fantastic so far with casting, so I’ll go along with it.

  3. Jason Momoa goofed up on this one, bad call there buddy.

  4. In their short, 25 issue, run on Guardians, Abnett and Laning did not focus much on Drax. It will be interesting to see whether Drax gets much screen time in the film. Bautista is a relative newcomer to screen acting, so it’s difficult to know how good an actor he is. Of course, professional wrestling IS mostly acting, so I would not assume that Bautista is incapable.

    • I think this is the right idea. As long as he’s competent and well directed he’ll be fine. Drax can be a relatively simple ‘bad-ass’ character among this ensemble. As you say, pro wrestling is acting, albeit often cheesy acting. The Rock turned out just fine.

      I’m still more surprised Andy Dwyer is Star-Lord!

    • You both make good points and answered a question about Drax in the comics. If Drax is pretty much and only the muscle of the team, Bautista will work just fine.

  5. How dare Marvel be so disrespectful to a great character like “Drax the Destroyer.” This is worse then miscasting Hamlet. Drax is right up there with the great roles of any actors lifetime. I guess Peter O’ Toole just couldn’t be brought of retirement for this award winning role.

  6. NO! NO! NO! He was a terrible wrestler and is a direct to video actor at best! He is definitely not the guy you want in a big blockbuster film. I mean if he is the silent character than it might work but you could have gone with other guys who have the same big look but also have better acting chops.

  7. Lou Feringo Redux

  8. I learned a long time ago not to bitch about actors in movies until the movie actually comes out…ie Heath Ledger. Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth

  9. Yeah but they are actual actors

    • When it comes to actors, the line between “wannabe” and “actual” is very porous, and I think ends up having very little connection to the line between “good” and “bad”.

  10. It’s been a while since I’ve watched wrestling but I remember Bautista…..And boy he was not a good actor just going by his skills in the ring.

    The more I hear about this movie (and the more I watch of James Gunn’s work) the less interested I am in this film. And yet this film is probably going to be SUPER integral for the next Avengers movie. God damn it.

  11. So much hate for The Animal…but yeah he was a mediocre wrestler with mediocre mic work and he’s gone on the be cast in awful movies. Maybe he has hidden potential but I don’t see it. He’s also a total tool bag in real life and not afraid to admit it. He cheated on his wife who had cancer…

  12. He probably won’t talk much, so he’ll be fine. Marvel has done a really good job w/ casting so far, so I’ll give ’em the benefit of the doubt.

  13. Her was fine in The Man with the Iron Fists, and like in that movie, I doubt he’ll be required to do much acting.

  14. He wont be speaking a lot, maybe he will have a line here and there. I mean do you all forget the other members of the team will be having screen time also? Individually how many lines did each of the avengers have? Everyone’s moments will be spotlighted but we haven’t even seen the script yet…with that being said


  15. Batista was actually in an episode of Smallville as well as some of the roles listed above. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35FOL6sw0oQ

  16. Oh no…

  17. He should be alright. He’s not that bad

  18. What this thread feels like… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGOKAVPYZOw

  19. I hope they go old school and put him in a purple cape with a menacing little skull broach.

  20. It appears I’m not the only one who breaks out in a cold sweat whenever someone says Jeep Swenson.

  21. Honestly? As long as he’s not wrestling. I think my love of wrestling reemerged when he exited the WWE.

  22. Hey, if this gets us Chris Jericho as Rocket Racoon I’m all for it…

  23. Everyone needs to calm down. Drax wasn’t a main character in the comics and he probably won’t be in the movie either. This will be fine.