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Bradley Cooper Is The Voice Of Marvel’s Rocket Raccoon

Since there’s not a lot of new info to be had on this story, I figured I’d create a fantastic image for you to look at. LOOK AT IT! BRADLEY COOPER IS A RACCOON! 

Sorry, I got a little excited for how that photoshop turned out. Word came down from Marvel yesterday confirming casting for Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. Cooper was previously said to be in talks to voice character.

Here’s what Marvel had to say in their official release:

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 for the latest news as it breaks, including official casting, first looks and more!

I’m neither here nor there on this casting but I do wish Marvel would dip into the wealth of professional voice actors out there for some of these voice-only roles instead of going for the big names. Earlier this week, Marvel announced actor James Spader would be playing Ultron in The Avengers sequel, a role most assume is going to be entirely computer generated.

What do you think of Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon?

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  • totz the plaid

    I don’t think I’ve seen anything with Bradley Cooper in it, so I have no real opinion on how well he might do.

    I agree with you, however, that they should’ve gotten a voice actor instead.

  • Suzanne Larsen

    I’m beyond NOT excited about this. (*chants* “Keith David, Keith David”). Let’s get the most generic sounding guy who doesn’t actually have a distinctive voice and use him for voice work simply because he’s flavor of the month right now. They shouldve gotten someone distinctive, not announced the casting and had people jumping up halfway through the movie going, “Holy crap, [ X ] is Rocket!”

  • Dr. NerdLove

    I *really* wish it’d been H. John Benjamin.

    “Gamora! Gamora! GAMORA!”
    “Negative Zoooooone”

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure if someone too distinctive is a good idea, though as there’s a danger that would be a distraction. I remember thinking that of the film version of Five Children and It where Eddie Izzard was the voice of “It” and it was quite difficult to get past that because his voice and delivery as so distinctive. To a lesser extent I felt a similar way about Alan Rickman as the voice of Marvin in The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy film – it wasn’t *quite* so obvious as Eddie Izzard but I did still just picture Alan Rickman a lot of the time which takes away from what I’m acually seeing on screen. Generic isn’t necessarily bad so long as the actor can give something to the part in the performance, I think. They could be memorable without having a distinctive-sounding voice.

    That’s not to say Bradley Cooper is the right choice necessarily (I’m pretty indifferent to that myself; I quite like him but I have no idea what he’ll be like doing voicework so I’m gong with a “we’ll see” attitude). I suppose if anything it gives weight to the argument that the part should really have gone to a voice actor.

  • Zac Shipley

    Of all the actors in Alias, he was the least likely to become a star.

  • Anonymous

    I can understand that sentiment, and while I’m not excited about the casting move, it makes sense. The Guardians are a D-list property (they couldn’t even support a monthly comic book) most of the audience has never heard of, and so far most of the actors are either unknowns or completely out of left field choices (I think Pratt is gonna rock Star-Lord but I’m sure a lot of people are gonna be going “The boyfriend from Parks & Rec?”)

    So at least from a studio standpoint, I can see why they’d want to snag a big time star whose name they can use to generate buzz.

  • Ashe

    Yeah…trying to get people’s asses in seats by waving a popular actor’s name in front of their faces.

    For all I know, he could be great, but I’m aware of this marketing gimmick, too.

  • Adrian

    OMG, I didn’t care about the casting before and now I do. Perfect.

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    I don’t think I’ve seen anything with Bradley Cooper in it, so I have no real opinion on how well he might do.

  • Brian

    I gotta say, though, I did not care for the way Billy West played him.

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  • Raiden

    I thought Ron Perlman was going to voice him. What happened? I’m not complaining, Bradley is a good actor. . . I’m just surprised he’d take such a role.

  • Anonymous

    Bradley Raccoonper

  • Ross Van Loan

    Two words : Dennis Leary. Two more words : believe Bradcoon!

  • DarthBetty

    AGREE. I hated that dude on Alias.

  • Aeryl

    Yeah, but they are taking one of Cooper’s greatest selling points(THAT FACE, though don’t get me wrong, he CAN act) and hiding it, so I kinda feel that they feel there is something he’s adding to the role.

    And while I support the idea that there are plenty of great voice actors looking for work, I myself as a child of the early 90′s, kinda miss that whole thing Disney did for awhile where they would get famous actors to do cartoon voices, so I see this as harkening back to that.

    So far Marvel hasn’t mishit out on a casting yet, so I have faith.