The Dark Knight Rises star was not among the actors who signed testing deals for the part in November, which included Joel Edgerton, Jim Sturgess, Jack Huston, Lee Pace, and Eddie Redmayne. We reported last month that Jim Sturgess and Chuck star Zachary Levi were the front runners for the role.
Peter Quill is a NASA astronaut who learns that his true father is actually an alien, which leads him on a journey into outer space. With a sentient space ship, he becomes the Star-Lord, an intergalactic cop who serves as the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
James Gunn is directing from his own screenplay. It isn't known when production may begin.