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Bradley Cooper to Voice Rocket Raccoon in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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August 22, 2013
Source: THR

Bradley Cooper / Rocket Raccoon

With Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Vin Diesel already lined up to play four out of the five cosmic superheroes in Marvel's bold new franchise starter Guardians of the Galaxy, fans were left wondering just who would end up voicing the outlandish Rocket Raccoon. Names like Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler were rumored, but after a scoop surfaced from Latino Review this morning, THR has confirmed that The Hangover and Silver Linings Playbook star Bradley Cooper will lend his voice to the cocky machine gun-wielding hero who was seen but not heard in the footage show at Comic-Con last month.

For those unaware, Rocket Raccoon is a  genetically modified anthropomorphic raccoon, who draws inspiration from the Beatles tune Rocky Raccoon (so both the Fab Four and comic book writers love to smoke pot). Rocket is known as the Guardian of the Keystone Quadrant, tasked, along with his partner Wal Russ (can you guess what kind of animal that guy might be?), take care of the mentally ill in an intergalactic insane asylum. He has a knack for guns and explosives, is a great pilot, and has a great sense of smell and impeccable hearing. Cooper seems like a great choice to bring the unique character to life.

In addition, after Elizabeth Olsen was rumored to play Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the same report featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy casting confirms that the actress is in final talks to take the role. She's the twin sister of Quicksilver, and both characters will be seen in Marvel's ensemble sequel and Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, but there will not be a link between those two films for an even larger cinematic universe. Scarlet Witch can manipulate probabilities to create chaos and also occasionally reshape reality, and Olsen should have some fun joining the Marvel universe. Sound good?

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments

1

Cooper may SEEM like a great choice to bring the character to life, but in the comics and other media Rocket Racoon has always had a British accent along the lines of Jason Statham. Casting an American is a bad choice.

Kento on Aug 22, 2013

2

For all you know, he could have turned up to the audition and completely nailed an absolutely hilarious and unique British accent perfect for the role.

Guy who comments on things on Aug 22, 2013

3

totally possible, but I'm doubting it some how.

Kento on Aug 22, 2013

4

Because Rocket Raccoon is from Great Britain?

TJW on Aug 22, 2013

5

Probably because he's based on a Beatles song and they're British and that's all, but still, he's always been portrayed that way.

Kento on Aug 22, 2013

6

Has he ever done a British accent in a film? I'm racking my brain trying to think and I don't recall any. Of course, this may be one of those "well yeah the comic book version has a British accent but our Rocket Raccoon is from SPAAAAAAACE so we can give him whatever accent we want" cop outs.

fungusmonkey on Aug 22, 2013

7

#$%^ this dimwit

Christopher Philip Cinquegrano on Aug 22, 2013

8

Dammit! Why not Simon Pegg??

LosZombies on Aug 22, 2013

9

Urgh.

Nielsen700 on Aug 23, 2013

10

I think a raccoon character is stupid anyways...

sdeel on Aug 23, 2013

11

Interesting. Well, Elizabeth Olsen is super schmexy at least.

avconsumer2 on Aug 23, 2013

12

Dammit! I was really hoping for Kurt Russell.

Astroboy3000 on Aug 23, 2013

13

Why not Eric Bana...

Morvidus on Aug 23, 2013

14

I'm up for it. He's a great actor and I'm sure he'll do a great job.

Chris Groves on Aug 23, 2013

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