Marvel Casts Dave Bautista as Dax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy

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Marvel Casts Dave Bautista as Dax the Destroyer in <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i>

Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy movie now has its Dax the Destroyer.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, mixed martial arts fighter and WWE wrestler Dave Bautista will portray the super-powered green warrior in the James Gunn-directed sci-fi adventure.

Bautista is the second actor to be announced for the project. Back in February, Chris Pratt was confirmed to play team leader Peter Quill/Star Lord, a U.S. pilot who inadvertently ends up in the midst of a galactic war and is forced to go on the run with a collection of extraterrestrial ex-cons.

According to the plot description, the team will include giant tree-man Groot, fast-healing, last-of-her-species alien Gamora and anthropomorphic raccoon/explosions expert Rocky Raccoon.

Bautista previously appeared in the RZA-directed The Man with the Iron Fists and will join Vin Diesel in the upcoming Riddick.

Filming is scheduled to begin in June.