[UPDATE: The voice actor for Gamora has been revealed.]
Guardians of the Galaxy became Marvel Studios’ unexpected hit of 2014, experiencing both critical and financial success. Marvel showed confidence in the lesser-known property before the movie had even debuted by officially green lighting a sequel at San Diego Comic-Con. Additionally, Marvel announced that the team of heroes would appear on the small screen as an animated series. At New York Comic-Con, Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb debuted a teaser trailer and poster for the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series.
Now, Marvel is formally introducing fans to the actors who will voice their favorite characters on the show, which is set to premiere on Disney XD later this year. So far, Marvel has announced four of the five main cast members in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Will Friedle (best known from Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World) will voice Star-Lord. David Sobolov, who has voiced Drax the Destroyer in other Marvel animated properties such as Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., will again lend his voice to the character. Rocket Raccoon will be voiced by Trevor Devall, who portrayed the character in Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man TV series. Furthermore, Groot will be voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson (Family Guy, The Cleveland Show).
Watch the official video announcements:
UPDATE: Vanessa Marshall, who voiced Black Canary on Young Justice and currently voices Hera on Star Wars Rebels, will be providing the voice for Gamora (see the video confirmation, below):
Since two of the main cast members have voiced their respective characters before in other Marvel animated movies or television series, Sobolov and Devall aren’t surprising picks for Guardians of the Galaxy. And though he hasn’t voiced Groot before, Richardson did offer a tease of his Groot voice in his announcement video.
A combination of familiar voices and a production team of Marvel Animation regulars should help Guardians of the Galaxy to fit in with the wealth of other animated Marvel properties. Whether the show will appeal to the same audience as the Marvel Studios film remains to be seen. That being said, Marvel Animation’s previous movies and television series have been enjoyed by viewers of all ages.
Guardians of the Galaxy is expected to premiere on Disney XD later in 2015.
Source: Marvel Entertainment