Disney Releases First 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Photo

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Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana star in the upcoming Marvel film.

On the final day of 2013, Disney released the first official photo from upcoming Marvel pic Guardians of the Galaxy.

The pic, which showins the characters standing in a lineup, is a familiar image to those who attended Comic-Con earlier this year.

The film stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, an adventurer who teams up with a group of misfits after he discovers a mysterious orb that villain Ronan very much wants in his possession.

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Also featured in the picture are Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer and Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser.

Disney also released an official synopsis for the film, which will hit theaters on Aug. 1, 2014:

"An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits -- Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand -- with the galaxy’s fate in the balance."