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.

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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Source:  Marvel