While speaking to The Fourth Wall podcast (per The Playlist), Zachary Levi revealed that he came close to playing Star-Lord in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies. While he narrowly lost out to Chris Pratt, he walked out of the audition in people’s good books, which may have led to him joining the DCEU a few years later.
Levi recalled how “Shazam!” producer Peter Safran reached out to director James Gunn to hear his thoughts on Levi before the actor was cast in the DC flick, and the Marvel director hadn’t forgotten his audition. “Fortunately, I was in good standing with James, I try to be in good standing with as many people as I can be and try to be a decent person,” Levi said. “And I think between that and how well James thought I did in the Star-Lord test, he said, ‘Yeah man, you really should give Zach an opportunity at this. I really think he could be great.'”
The actor went on to say that he’s unsure if the conversation between Safran and Gunn is what led to his casting, but he’s “indebted to James” for “pass[ing] that information on.”
Fans can look forward to seeing Levi return to the DCEU in 2023’s “Shazam! Fury of the Gods.”