Bradley Cooper Officially Signs With Marvel For ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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Rocket Raccoon Bradley Cooper Guardians of the Galaxy Bradley Cooper Officially Signs With Marvel For Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel Studios took the world by storm yesterday – by social media standards anyway – by announcing the casting of James Spader in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the in-development sequel to the third highest grossing film of all-time. That official confirmation came via Marvel’s own website and today Marvel Studios has more news to share.

While Spader’s casting in The Avengers 2 came out of the blue, today’s official Guardians of the Galaxy casting confirmation that Bradley Cooper is also joining the superhero franchise comes as no surprise.

Latino-Review first broke the news that the recent Oscar nominee (for Silver Linings Playbook) was in talks with Marvel Studios to play the voice of Rocket Raccoon in the James Gunn written and directed Guardians of the Galaxy and the trades were quick to confirm the news. Today Marvel makes it official, meaning Cooper has signed with the studio for what we expect is a multi-picture contract.

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Cooper’s heavy weapons expert Rocket, joins the heroic team of outlaws (see above) which also stars Chris Pratt as (the only human) Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as the deadly Gamora and Dave Bautista as the killing machine Drax the Destroyer. The only roster spot still to be filled is the voice of Groot, the alien tree that Vin Diesel is in talks to play. With the way Marvel is rolling out announcements and the excitement shared by Diesel to join Marvel, an official confirmation on that front should come soon.

Cooper joins the project without voice acting experience in high profile films, but is known for putting on accent. In the later seasons of Alias which helped the actor rise to fame, he put on a fake British accent in a returning guest appearance (Rocket is depicted with a Cockney accent in recent incarnations) and in real life is fluent in French. Gunn was very particular in casting the right voice for Rocket, the character he describes as the “heart” of the film. Whether or not Rocket Raccoon sounds just like normal Bradley Cooper remains to be seen… or heard.

Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn off of his script co-written by Nicole Perlman. Cooper joins a cast led by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close.


Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. Anyone else still think that Vin Diesel will be Thanos? I mean, they’ve announced casting of the entire team BUT Groot. Why save Groot for last if his character essentially only says 3 words ( I am Groot). I’m just speculating that maybe it’s misdirection to announce Vin as Thanos in let’s say… a mid credits scene of Thor: The Dark World?

      • Yes, I read that article also. He could also be referring to Thanos as being mo-capped and voiced over too without giving it away lol. I just wish he voices Thanos more than Groot.

      • Yeah, they say he’s playing Groot but it makes no sense, just like this Bradley Cooper deal. Why get someone who is jacked like Diesel or attractive like Cooper and have them play characters who are basically animated?

        • Because that’s what they’re going for: that “WTF?!” reaction.
          The GotG are weird… awesome, but weird. The same can be said about James Gunn.
          In a strange way, these casting announcements make sense.

        • @ Life Model Decoy

          C’mon, name recognition bro! People haven’t heard of Guardians of the Galaxy, but certainly they have heard of Diesel, Cooper, and the rest of the cast.

    • I def have thought his voice ‘must’ be Thanos – Empire magazine says Thanos ‘will’ play a big part in this movie.

  2. This is gonna be interesting, for sure!

  3. I like this choice. I’m hoping they take the less obvious route with his voice.
    IMO making the small furry animal talk like a billy-bad-ass is way too predictable. Eager to see which way they go with this.

  4. seem legit.

  5. Well I guess Bradley Cooper just killed his career signing up for this turdfest. After Garbage of the Galaxy crashes and burns I doubt if they will be in the Avengers 3. They should have tie them into the Avengers 2 Age of Amazo. What a ripoff again.

    This will be marvels 1st but not last flop. I dont care how many stars they trick to sign up for this crap.

    • Stop being upset that DC turdfest cannot sprout wings and get off the ground!! It is not your fault they SUCK NUTS at story telling!

      You wanna know how they get stars to sign up for their movies??
      Because PEOPLE LOVE MARVEL FILMS, it is THAT simple, Maybe someday DC will have something to say but right now all they have is AFFLACK… ooops sorry Batfleck!

      • Are you sure it has nothing to do with Marvel assuring big time fame because many of it’s loyal followers would pay just to see RDJ talking to a wall, thus making everyone having a thirst to have a go at it?

        I would much rather see a film where actors are simply passionate about the work they chose instead of the fame and fortune. Maybe Cooper loves RR, but I at least know Ben Affleck is insanely passionate about Batman thanks to Kevin Smith.

        WB made a good choice in picking Affleck because he loves Batman and will likely have a major influence on the future of that universe, a REALLY good thing IMO. Until we hear something about Cooper and his thoughts that don’t sound like suck up remarks to keep his paycheck, I don’t see how it’s a better move than Affleck.

        • Yeah, Bradly Cooper is playing Rocket Raccoon for the “fame and fortune” of it. Do you even read this stuff before you hit the ‘Submit Comment’ button??

          Batman of course is always going to be the better gig, good for Affleck for scoring it despite how I feel about the casting. But I’m sure Cooper is playing RR because he wanted to and thought it would be a challenge, and not to compete with Batfleck.

        • LOL what are you a Hollywood insider. You have all of this knowledge?

          I like the Ben Affleck choice and the Cooper choice. You are speculating that Affleck is “insanely passionate” those are strong words I’ve never heard him say.

          I’m sure he is “insanely passionate” about his wife, family, career, friends not a caped fictional character. Sure he likes Batman, but you made up insanely passionate and then attributed that to how you think Cooper should act. Tsk. Tsk.

          • He built himself a Batcave.

            He’s insanely passionate.

            • He’s insanely rich. Or did he save his pennies for that?

            • He built the entrance, so said Kevin Smith when he bought the house from Ben.

      • DC have only 2 characters they’ve milked to death for decades. What Marvel are doing now – is truely bringing the comic books to life – Let’s face it DC don’t know how to keep up anymore.

        • Marvels just been playing it safe with their kid friendly approach to their movies. Were they to flush out the true character, there’d lose a whole fan base :(

    • How are you not banned for being a blatant troll? Is this really who fans of DC movies want to be associated with, this guy? Superlad, you should be ashamed of yourself.

      • The truth hurts I guess.

        • Eat a d@ck.

  6. Actually Drax is technically a human as well

    • *was a human. He’s not after he dies.

  7. Really. You guys still mad about Affleck? It’s more about Bruce Wayne. Any turd W/a “pretty mouth” can be Bats. But if u can be Bruce too. You are a blessed man. Cooper was casted as Flash,after Reynolds gave up & played GL. But, Hey. But comic book companies rock people, stop being catty. Are they actually paying you for your input?
    LIFE GOES ON!!!!!