GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Officially Adds Bradley Cooper as Voice of Rocket Raccoon

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We previously reported that Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) was in talks to voice Rocket Raccoon in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy … and then we confirmed that, yes, he was indeed in talks.  Now, since nothing is official until it’s stamped by Marvel, we can report that Cooper has indeed joined the ambitious picture as the voice of the anthropomorphic raccoon.

The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, which opens August 1, 2014, also features Chris PrattZoe SaldanaDavid BautistaGlenn CloseMichael RookerLee Pace and John C. Reilly, and maybe Vin Diesel if and when we hear that he’s officially voicing Groot.  Hit the jump for more.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-rocket-raccoon-concept-artHere are the particulars from Marvel.com:

Rocket Raccoon has finally found his voice!

Academy Award-nominated actor Bradley Cooper has officially joined the cast of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” lending his voice to the fan-favorite raccoon that will join Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista) on their epic adventure.

Cooper has previously starred in “Silver Linings Playbook,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar®, “Limitless,” “Place Beyond the Pines” and the “Hangover” trilogy, the latter of which has grossed $1.4 billion globally. He will next be seen in “American Hustle” which will reunite him with “Silver Linings Playbook” director David O. Russell. “Guardians of the Galaxy” will mark Cooper’s first voiceover work.

In the far reaches of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an unlikely cast of characters including Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon must join forces to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions. Directed by James Gunn, the live-action “Guardians of the Galaxy” will take fans to new corners of the Marvel Universe when it hits theaters August 1, 2014, but in the meantime stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest news as it breaks, including official casting, first looks and more!

In addition to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Thor: The Dark World” on November 8; “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on November 6, 2015.

 




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  • T-Mo

    I will say that Marvel has chosen a very diverse and interesting cast for this film.

  • Lex Walker

    And this is officially the most loaded cast you’ll ever see for a movie based on a property that <1% of the general population has ever heard of. Just wow. That said, this is gonna be fun as hell.

  • Zero

    Oh, hell yes. Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly get anymore amped about this movie.

  • Kota Lancaster

    Holy hell, I just assumed this was one of those buzz rumor casting things like Ryan Gosling in Star Wars but HOLY SHIT, this is actually happening.

  • Dip

    Sooo I guess my dream of Bradley Cooper playing The Flash is dead…

    • Nerdgasm

      How does that make any sense? Two very different companies and two very different acting styles. Cooper will be doing all of his stuff near post production as it was announced there will be no actor on set for Rocket and Groot adn presumably even Thanos. Meaning Bradly coopers stuff will take at most a few weeks to record. I don’t see how this ruins Cooper for Flash what so ever. they will never conflict .

      • Dip

        I just always assumed that DC and Marvel don’t mix.

      • TheDudeAbides

        considering that ben affleck will soon have been both a marvel and dc character I would say that assumption is out the window

      • grapes9h5

        but Affleck’s film was before the Marvel Studios era, so it doesnt really count.

      • theseeker7

        yea but I’m not sure you can quite say the same thing for this. Yes, Daredevil is a Marvel character, but that movie came long before this ambitious “Marvel Cinematic Universe” was even established at all, the movie was meant pretty much to stand entirely on its own (well I’m sure a sequel would’ve been done if it was successful). Whereas obviously GOTG is very much apart of the current overall Marvel narrative, and since a potential The Flash and/or Justice League movie would be DC’s attempt for the same concept, I can at least see the logic in saying the studios wouldn’t want to ‘share’ or repeat too many actors between the two.

    • scoot

      Ryan Reynolds was Green Lantern and Deadpool, granted GL sucked dick and he wasn’t deadpool for too long, but he was still able to bridge the gap between dc & marvel, so if he can do it then there is no reason that Cooper can’t

      • Old Soldier

        The only reason his Deadpool didn’t suck MORE dick is because his mouth was sewn shut.

  • Reek

    No H.Jon Benjamin :-(

    • Coach McGuirk

      That would have been amazing.

    • Strong Enough

      greatest idea ever

  • http://zoelogie.tumblr.com/ Baby Jean

    The Marvel brand is so powerful now, they’ll have no problem attracting A-listers for their future tent poles such as Dr Strange, Luke Cage, Black Panther… GotG are guaranteed to draw in a crowd now.

  • theseeker7

    I’m a big fan of Bradley Cooper and think he’s got plenty of talent, but I can’t say I’m not still disappointed that Nick Offerman didn’t get the gig. I mean he may have never even been in the mix officially for all I know, but I’d been advocating for him for weeks.

    Here’s hoping that Cooper makes me wind up forgetting I ever even had Offerman on my mind.

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  • GrimReaper07

    Meh. Seems like a waste to cast Cooper in this role.

    • Django9000

      Guess you’ve never read a book featuring Rocket Raccoon? Picture Spider Man meets the Silver Surfer meets Punisher meets Indiana Jones. Meets Bart Simpson’s personality transplanted in a now totally Motion Capturable frame of Mickey Mouse. Your kids kids will kick your ass annually like it’s a holiday for what you just said. >=]

      • GrimReaper07

        Cooper has too much of an everyday man voice. Ray Winstone, Vinnie Jones or Nick Nolte have amazing voices that would have played much better with the character.

      • Django9000

        Um. You just listed 3 people who would be physically impossible to voice a raccoon sized hero. That’s it, I’m calling the Troll Hunter. Your inclusion of Nolte in an already abysmal list gives you away completely.

      • GrimReaper07

        “You just listed 3 people who would be physically impossible to voice a raccoon sized hero.”

        You do know Rocket Racoon is a fictional character who can’t exist in real life either? I dunno what you mean by physically impossible, but if it’s what I’m thinking, then Cooper wouldn’t be able to either. Wtf are you talking about?

        I think it’d be much better if Rocket Racoon, this little furry guy who looks all cute on the surface, had this amazingly gruff and masculine voice. It’d be amazingly ironic. Cooper is a decent enough actor, but his voice is too common and everyman for this character. I also loved the rumor about Jim Carrey voicing it, but that turned out to be false.

      • Django9000

        While I’d love to hear the line – “Don’t you know who I am? I the goddamned Rocket Raccoon – Bitch!” I can tell you I’m sure they considered who they were auditioning for the part & gave these actors a great pitch about the comic appeal combined w/ wisecrackery & charm this character requires. With near certainty none of the actors you’ve listed made it anywhere near the final rounds for this character – if they even auditioned at all. I’ll leave this alone by stating we should both wait & see, as this is a lesser known character, which I’m sure they chose for a reason. =]

      • GrimReaper07

        I don’t really care if they auditioned or not. If I’m criticizing the choice of Bradley Cooper, it’s because I disagree with the traits they were looking for in the actor. Whatever, it’s not a deal breaker for me. I’ll probably go see it in theaters if word of mouth is good.

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  • verasgunn

    As much as I’ve been looking forward to this, because I am a huge Guardians fan, this really disappoints me. Cooper doesn’t have a voice that is itself very notable, nor does it seem like one that lends itself well to the role. He’s a raccoon who kills people with giant guns, his voice should be kind of gruff to offset his small, fuzzy and somewhat adorable exterior, and Cooper’s voice doesn’t really strike me as being the right mark for that

    That being said, I’m going to try to be optimistic. Marvel’s done a pretty fantastic job with these properties thus far, it could work out just fine like Ruffalo did.

    • Strong Enough

      they’re just using him for his name

      • Kpaqu1

        True. Like all the stunt casting done for animated films now instead of using regular voice acting professionals.

  • Strong Enough

    i would be excited if i knew who the guardians were lol

    • Django9000

      Just wait. You’ll find out. =]

  • Raptor Jesus

    This will work fine.

  • ZladSupersonik

    Terrible choice. Not because of Cooper himself, he’s a talented actor. But wasting him on a voice role that he’s not particularly a number one choice for is baffling. Have you not looked at him? He’s popular, a good actor, and has box office draw. Plus, he’s hunky. He could easily fit a superhero movie, but now he’s Rocket Raccoon.

    • jocab_w

      He could still have an on camera roll in a future Marvel film. John Rhys-Davies was both Gimli and voiced Treebeard in LOTR.

      • ZladSupersonik

        Possibly. But it all depends if Marvel is willing to double dip and/or how unrecognizable Cooper is as Rocket.

      • jocab_w

        Sure, but Cooper’s a hot commodity. Pure speculation here, but I have a feeling this is Marvel bringing him into the fold in a smaller capacity so that he could headline his own superhero film in Phase 3. My money’s on Dr. Strange.

    • TJW

      Or maybe he doesn’t have an interest in putting on the proverbial tights anymore.

  • Bob

    So the full cast is…
    Chris Pratt
    Zoe Saldana
    Dave Bautista
    Bradley Cooper
    Vin Diesel
    Michael Rooker
    Lee Pace
    Karen Gillian
    Glenn Close
    John C. Reilly
    Djimon Hounsou
    and Benicio del Toro
    Holy shit, that is one amazing and unique cast. So excited for this film.

    • André Camilo

      Along with “Interstellar” and “This is Where I Leave You”, “GotG” have one of the most interesting cast between the 2014 movies

  • eternalozzie

    I never gave the comic a second glance because it was so silly back in the day … I mean seriously … a raccoon? … Today I find myself wanting to see it on the big screen. Looking forward to it.

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