Batista is Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy

MANILA, Philippines – Mixed martial arts fighter Batista is set to play “Drax the Destroyer” in Marvel Comic’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie.

Batista, or David Bautista, wasn’t the rumored first choice for the role. Jason Momoa of “Game of Thrones” was reportedly considered for the role as well. But fans of Khal Drogo will need to give way to the former professional wrestler.

This is not the first on-screen performance for Bautista, who has played smaller roles on TV and on the big screen before. In 2012, he played Brass Body in the Man with the Iron Fists.

Bautista is of mixed Filipino and Greek descent.

Guardians of the Galaxy is set for release in 2014.