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Confirmed: Bradley Cooper One Contender for Rocket Racoon


Perhaps the most highly anticipated casting announcement for Guardians of the Galaxy is Rocket Raccoon (no relation to Rocky). After all, who wouldn’t want to know how Marvel Entertainment plans to pull off a genetically engineered, sentient, bipedal, gunslinging raccoon of inexplicably alien origin in a modern superhero team movie? One that isn’t historically, the comic relief of his team. It seems as though their first stab at a voice actor for Rocket is Bradley Cooper.

Which should tell you right off the bat that they’re not here to give Rocket a funny voice. We shouldn’t assume Cooper is a lock for the part, however:

Bradley Cooper is in early discussions to voice the machine gun-wielding Rocket Raccoon in Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” sources confirm to Variety. While no deal is in place, a formal offer has been made to Cooper and talks are said to be ongoing between Marvel and CAA.

Cooper’s no stranger to dark comedy, as the closest thing that The Hangover had to a straight man. Rocket is traditionally not really a comic relief character. Or at least, he’s the butt of jokes (much to his chagrin and sometimes violet retaliation), rather than the cracker of them. He’s also traditionally buddies with Groot, who is also yet to be officially cast. It seems silly to speculate on the chemistry between Cooper and rumored Groot actor Vin Diesel, given the fact that all Groot ever says is a Pokémon-like “I am Groot,” but not quite silly enough to make a good joke about it in this post.

We shouldn’t consider this a firm casting call: Cooper is just in preliminary discussions. Instead, this should probably be viewed as a solid indication of what kind of actor Marvel is going for in the “violent anthropomorphic raccoon” area.

(via Variety.)

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  • Rizz Rustbolt

    Seriously Mr. Gunn. Vinnie Jones. Just imagine his voice coming out of a two and a half foot tall raccoon with a laser gun.

    The rest of the movie writes itself.

  • http://adventureinepisode.tumblr.com/ DarthBetty

    What a freaking pass up on the hundreds of voices actors who would be better than Bradley Smug-Face Cooper.

  • Anonymous

    Haha! My best friend and I have a running joke that we keep seeing Bradley Cooper all the time these days and that one day we’re going to open the door to our flat to see him standing there. He’s in an ice-cream advert, he was at Wimbledon, he’s in an upcoming film of a book I read quite recently. Also I’ve just recently watched all of Alias (my friend watched them all the first time but hadn’t made the connection until I pointed it out). We both quite like him but it seems we can’t watch or read anything without seeing him.

    So I texted my friend today to tell him about the possible Rocket Raccoon role and my friend’s response was, “Oh for f**k’s sake, it’s like being in Being John
    Malkovich!”

    So purely for the fact it adds to our amusing “Bradley Cooper is stalking us!” fun, I’m very glad to see him potentially being the voice of Rocket Raccoon!

  • Suzanne Larsen

    still hoping for Keith David