February 27, 2013
BREAKING: Has Marvel Found Their Rocket Raccoon?
Apparently, official news concerning casting one of the key roles of Guardians of The Galaxy may be made today. LatinoReview has tweeted that Marvel has seemingly found an actor for the role and will likely be revealed by Marvel or a outlet sometime today. We already know that Chris Pratt (Zero Dark Thirty) is locked in for Peter Quill/Star-Lord while negations for Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) to play Drax are still ongoing. There have been some ideas of who Marvel has been considering but when the announcement is made/reported I'll update this page and include a new one.
There had been talk that Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey were being looked at for the roles in the film which was assumed could be Groot or Rocket. However, creative consultant on the film Brain Michael Bendis got behind British action star Jason Statham. Even Michael Rooker put his name out there for a role when asked if he wanted to join the cast. Rooker has been apart of both Gunn's previous films Slither and Super.
You might have heard Rocket's voice on Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 or on Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes where he has a cockney accent. Combined with Statham's amazing action star status he could really give the character life with both his grizzled voice and agility/stunt/martial arts background for the motion capture side. I wouldn't rule out Rooker as could end up being a strong contender thanks for the ever growing fanbase of the Walking Dead.