Following days of rumors and speculation, Marvel has officially announced that Academy Award-nominated actor Bradley Cooper will join the cast of their Phase Two film, Guardians of the Galaxy, as Rocket Racoon, a badass space racoon and member of the Guardians of the Galaxy team.
Rocket Racoon is the Guardian of the Keystone Quadrant, an area of deep outer space, and the captain of starship Rack ‘n’ Ruin. He isn’t the only badass animal in space — his first mate is Wal Russ, a talking walruss. Both Rocket Racoon and Wal Russ come from Halfworld, an abandoned colony for the mentally ill, and are the result of genetic manipulation, granting them human level intelligence. Rocket is a gifted and fearless military tactician who prides himself on his loyalty and insightfulness. He’s friendly enough — just don’t ask about his obsessive compulsive disorder!
It’s likely that Cooper’s character will be fully CGI, with the actor possibly providing motion capture for the character in addition to his voicework. Joining Cooper on Guardians are actors Chris Pratt (Peter Quill), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Lee Pace (Ronan the Accuser), Michael Rooker (Yondu), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Djimon Hounsou (Korath), Benicio del Toro (The Collector), John C. Reilly (Rhomann Dey), and Glenn Close (Nova Prime).
Guardians of the Galaxy is currently in production. The film’s lead, Chris Pratt, recently sat down with IGN where he talked shop on what we can expect from Guardians, as well as giving fans an update on filming so far. We reported on his remarks earlier today.
Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters on August 1st, 2014!