Confirmed: Bradley Cooper & Elizabeth Olsen In Talks With Marvel Studios [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 30th, 2013 at 3:31 pm,

Marvel Rocket Raccoon Scarlet Witch Confirmed: Bradley Cooper & Elizabeth Olsen In Talks With Marvel Studios [Updated]

[Update: Bradley Cooper officially joins Guardians of the Galaxy.]

For “Phase Two” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where Marvel Studios will build towards the highly anticipated sequel to the record-breaking Avengers event film, the young Disney-owned production house is taking a big risk in going all-out sci-fi with the obscure property known as Guardians of the Galaxy.

Guardians represents the last chapter of Phase Two before The Avengers: Age of Ultron kicks off summer 2015 and to help make the James Gunn-directed project more marketable, Marvel isn’t shying away after going after A-List Hollywood talent.

Of the five core heroes of the Guardians of the Galaxy film, the three non-animated characters are being played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista, with supporting roles filled in by Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro, Oscar nominees Djimon Hounsou, Glenn Close and John C. Reilly, and popular TV stars Lee Pace, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan. Most of the group have already begun shooting in London.

Grooth Rocket Racoon Movie Art Guardians of the Galaxy Confirmed: Bradley Cooper & Elizabeth Olsen In Talks With Marvel Studios [Updated]

As for the two unlikeliest of heroes – the walking, talking alien tree known as Groot, and his intelligent heavy weapons expert pal Rocket Raccoon (a talking raccoon) – Marvel is closing in on officially signing and announcing who will be voicing the animated members of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Reports (and Vin Diesel’s own teases) have the star of the Fast & Furious and Riddick franchises voicing Groot. Latino-Review last night dropped the scoop that Bradley Cooper had been offered the part of voicing the “heart of the film” – Rocket – and that news came just a day after Bleeding Cool reported that Joss Whedon was eyeing Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla) for the part of Scarlet Witch in his Avengers sequel.

THR confirms via their sources that all of these are indeed the case, with Cooper and Olsen both in negotiations with Marvel Studios for the respective reported roles. If the casting pans out with the above talent, that leaves a few key roles left to be filmed in both projects, namely Thanos, Quicksilver and Ultron.

Ultron is the robotic villain of The Avengers 2 and there’s no indication yet on the actor or voice actor Whedon is looking for. For all we know, Paul Bettany (the voice of Tony Stark’s assistant Jarvis in all three Iron Man films and The Avengers) could become Ultron. That’s just one theory we have. As for Quicksilver, Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been in talks with Whedon and the studio for quite some time to determine what direction to take the character and performance, and it sounds like he’s an unofficial lock.

Thanos Actor Talks Role Confirmed: Bradley Cooper & Elizabeth Olsen In Talks With Marvel Studios [Updated]

Big bad Thanos on the other hand, remains a mystery. The character was first introduced during the mysterious mid-credits scene of The Avengers (image above), much to the confusion of moviegoers unfamiliar with Marvel Comics. But for fans, the intro set the stage for the future of the franchise and the character will make a return in Guardians of the Galaxy, with several of the villains already confirmed to be working for him (Djimon Hounsou & Lee Pace’s characters). Many believed Vin Diesel was in talks with Marvel for that role, but there’s been little to no news on the casting front when it comes to The Mad Titan.


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. I think that they are both interesting choices. Bradley Cooper has been acting in various types of roles. He can play funny and serious. Why not try the challenge of playing a raccoon?

    Elizabeth Olsen has been under her sisters shadow too long now its her turn to get attention. She is a very good actress. If Olsen is going to play Scarlett Witch she better start kissing robots because for some reason Scarlet Witch has a thing for them.

    Showing Thanos at the end of the Avengers I have noticed that it has brought more questions than answers of how he will fit into other movies. It has been revealed that Ultron will be the villain in A2 unless Thanos will somehow be a part of it somehow. We know Thanos is not the main villain in Thor 2 (or do we. Well he was shown for some reason. We can just chock it up as a nice surprise when he pops up again somewhere. until then let us enjoy the speculation.

  2. Ben Affleck has been confirmed as the new batman!!!

    • wow, people are still mad about the whole batman fiasco.

  3. I’m still on the fence about it, but Cooper possibly as RR is way better casting than Affleck as Batman.

    • Cooper as Ryan Reynolds???

      • still can’t wait for this movie to come excited for it.

  4. Still would like Vin as Thanos

    • vin diesel doesn’t fit the part as thanos.

  5. It’ll be funny to see people’s reactions when they hear such a popular/talented actor starring in GotG…as the voice of genetically altered raccoon, so if negotiations work out, it’ll be fun (and I think it was always Marvel’s intention to hire a really famous and surprising actor for the role – to get that “WTF” reaction out of people).

    As to his actual voice, imo Bradley Cooper’s normal speaking voice won’t do the job. If he does some extreme version or does an accent or something, I could see it working….

    • I was thinking the same thing. I’m still crossing my fingers that the David Tennant rumors pan out

  6. Ha yet another comic book movie made for kids and adults who care more about cgi than story.please hollywood can you make just one comic book movie for grownups pretty please.

    • cooper is a good choice to voice rocket raccoon.