Bautista is probably known better as professional wrestler Batista, the moniker under which he became a six-time WWE Champion. He's also an experienced MMA star and bodybuilder.
Last November, Bautista played a supporting part in RZA's The Man With the Iron Fists as Brass Body, an armored pugilist. Later this year, he'll go up against Vin Diesel as a roughneck mercenary in the science-fiction sequel Riddick.
But now he has secured his biggest role to date as Drax in the last film of Marvel's Phase 2 before The Avengers 2 hits in May, 2015. Drax was born Arthur Douglas, a human, but was killed at the hands of Thanos, the supervillain teased in the mid-credits scene of The Avengers. The erstwhile Earthling was resurrected as a green-skinned alien with super-strength and a mind for vengeance.
According to THR's Heat Vision, Bautista has secured the role despite significant competition from fellow burly men Jason Mamoa and Isiah Mustafa, known respectively for playing Khal Drogo on HBO's Game of Thrones and the hypermasculine Old Spice Guy in those popular Old Space commercials. Last month, it was widely reported that Mamoa had won the role, when in fact he was merely one of several actors testing to play Drax.
Bautista is the second actor to join the cast, with Parks and Recreation favorite Chris Pratt starring as Peter Quill, a half-human, half-alien who becomes Star-Lord, the leader of the titular spacefaring team. As per THR's breakdown, the film's story follow Quill, "a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone want."
So Quill and Drax have been cast, but there's still plenty of Guardians who need actors. There's Rocket Raccoon, who is a talking, gun-wielding alien raccoon, as well as Groot, a sentient Ent-like tree alien, and Gamora, the last of her species trained by Thanos as an assassin before turning against her evil master.
Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled to arrive in 2D and 3D on August 1, 2014.