Last week we reported that Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) would most likely be the voice of Rocket Raccoon in the upcoming Marvel flick, Guardians of the Galaxy. We now have the official word from Marvel in the press release below, but even more interesting that that was the picture that accompanied the release. Check out the first look at Rocket Raccoon!
OFFICIAL: Bradley Cooper to Voice Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
The Academy Award®-nominated actor joins the cast of Marvel Studios’ space epic!
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 Marvel.com for the latest news as it breaks, including official casting, first looks and more!
In addition to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Thor: The Dark World” on November 8; “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on November 6, 2015.
Guardians of the Galaxy starring Bradley Cooper, John C. Reilly, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, and Michael Rooker is slated to hit theaters August 1st, 2014.