'Walking Dead' Star Michael Rooker Joining 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
by Ethan Anderton
April 16, 2013
It sounds like we're going to get a bit of a cosmic history lesson when Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters in 2014. Though we've been told the team line-up for the space superhero ensemble would include Drax the Destroyer (wrestler Dave Bautista), Groot (yet to be cast), Star-Lord (Five-Year Engagement star Chris Pratt), Gamora (Star Trek franchise actress Zoe Saldana) and Rocket Raccoon (yet to be cast), some new info seems to indicate some time will be dedicated to the founding members of the Guardians of the Galaxy as Deadline reports "The Walking Dead" star Michael Rooker will play Yondu.
According to the Marvel Wiki, Yondu Udonta was a game hunter of the primitive Zatoan tribe, the humanoid beings who were native to Centauri IV, the first planet system to be colonized outside of the Sun's solar system. Yondu avoided contact with the first wave of humans, but ended up running into astronaut Vance Astro arriving to the planet much later than the other humans (who discovered star-drive engines after his departure). When an alien raced called the Badoon attack Centauri IV, the two attempt to escape, but are captured and taken back to a recently conquered Earth. It is there they meet Charlie-27 of the Jupiter colony and Martinex of the Pluto colony and form the Guardians of the Galaxy, with a vow to take out all the Badoon threats.
If anything, I'm betting this backstory gets handled in some kind of prologue at the beginning of the film. However, that makes me worry that this film will be getting close to Green Lantern territory with a little too much mythology. But if the concept art is any indicator, we'll be jumping into the world of Guardians of the Galaxy pretty quickly, and hopefully not much exposition needs to happen to get people on board with a group of alien superheroes. Rooker is a solid addition to the cast, but we're betting he won't have much screentime. There's likely more casting coming soon, so stay tuned.