Rocket Raccoon is the ‘Heart’ of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated June 14th, 2014 at 11:31 am,

Rocket Raccoon Design Charlie Wen Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon is the Heart of Guardians of the Galaxy

Iron Man 3 opens next Friday overseas and with it comes the very first official trailer for Thor: The Dark World as Marvel Studios forges ahead with Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Production on the Captain America sequel is also already underway and in the coming weeks comic book fans will finally learn who will voice one of the key new characters of the franchise: Rocket Raccoon.

Chris Pratt will lead the Guardians of the Galaxy as Star-Lord, joined by the still unconfirmed Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, and in a surprising, yet not really that surprising announcement, Michael Rooker as one of the original team members. More will be joining shortly.

Speaking to media at the London premiere of Iron Man 3 this evening, writer and director James Gunn – who’s preparing to shoot Guardians of the Galaxy this summer at London’s Shepperton Studios - chatted with HeyUGuys and was rather revealing, even while guarded, in chatting about his upcoming space-faring Marvel feature. With several casting reports revealing three of the core roster members first revealed at Comic-Con last summer, there are only two of the main team left, one of them of course being Rocket Raccoon. And it sounds like Gunn already has someone in mind as it’s just a matter of time before fans find out.

I think there’s – here’s the thing: there are a lot of people who have a lot of ideas of who is right for Rocket Raccoon  Rocket Raccoon has been slightly different over the years, in the comic books, and within my scripts he is a very, very specific guy, and I think people are going to have to wait for a few weeks before they see.”

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Wait for Comic-Con in July or are there announcements coming sooner? So far, they already have a crowd-pleasing lineup to bring on stage should Marvel Studios host a panel in San Diego this summer.

Gunn continues, explaining that the artwork we saw of Rocket Raccoon at Comic-Con (right above), and more recently, the new art released as part of the Phase Two preview with 10-disc The Avengers Blu-ray set was an earlier design by Gunn and artist Charlie Wen (top of post), but he looks different now, more like a real raccoon. Gunn’s even been spending time with the real animals and studying them, since Rocket is one of the essential elements of Guardians of the Galaxy and may prove to be the fan-favorite.

“We did. I’ve done a lot of studying with real raccoons  and we had real raccoons come in. We’ve done photography with them, I’ve played with raccoons, and fed raccoons, and dealt a lot with real raccoons to get some of the behavior down, because it’s really, really important to me that Rocket Raccoon, who is the heart of the movie, is not a cartoon character, it’s not Bugs Bunny in the middle of The Avengers, it’s a real, little, somewhat mangled beast that’s alone. There’s no one else in the universe quite like him, he’s been created by these guys to be a mean-ass fighting machine.”

It won’t be long until we learn more of the voiced animated characters Groot (the tree) and Rocket as Marvel Studios is waiting for Iron Man 3 to release, before pushing forward on launching the campaign for Thor: The Dark World and making casting announcements regarding Guardians. As for what can be confirmed, Gunn did openly talk about the Star-Lord, the leader of the ‘Cosmic Avengers’:

“Everybody knows Chris Pratt is in the movie, and I saw maybe 80 to 100 guys read for Peter Quill. I was very specific that I wanted it to be somebody really extraordinary. I really had Robert Downey Jr in mind a lot. You had this guy who came in and he inhabited Tony Stark, when you first saw Tony Stark he blew your mind, you couldn’t believe what you were seeing. I knew that I needed somebody to blow my mind like that.

We saw a lot of very famous guys for the role, a lot of very well-known people, and very, very good actors. We saw a lot of good performances, but it wasn’t until Chris came in and he read and I was like, ‘oh my God’, this guy has his own, very particular, amazing take on the character that blew my mind, blew me away. Then I thought, this is the first guy I could see sharing the screen with Robert Downey Jr and giving him a run for his money.”

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Is this a blatant hint at a Robert Downey Jr. cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy or perhaps, vice versa with Pratt showing up after the credits of Iron Man 3?

“No. That just means that all our movies are connected, we’re created in a way that we’re very connected to the movies that came before us, we’re even more connected to The Avengers 2, that comes after us, and so in that respect, what we would hope is that these characters would continue, and that at some point in time they’ll all meet up with different characters throughout the galaxy.”

Sounds like Guardians isn’t as “standalone” as Feige would like fans to believe. As for the latest cast addition in Gunn’s real-life friend Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) – Is he officially aboard to play the red-mohawked, alien archer Yondu?

“Well, I didn’t say that. Michael Rooker is my very good friend, he was here visiting me in England and we were hanging out. He was here playing with my dog and having a good time. He’s got a new, little Mohawk that looks ridiculous on him, but yeah, he’s here and hopefully we’ll get something going. Michael’s been in two of my movies, we’ve done two movies together, two reality shows, a short film, so I don’t think it would be crazy to think he would be involved in Guardians in some way.”

Gunn was very careful with his words since Marvel Studios hasn’t officially announced any of the cast outside of Producer and President Kevin Feige name-dropping Chris Pratt during the Iron Man 3 world press tour. Gunn did say that Dave Bautista is a naturally gifted actor who will surprise moviegoers with his emotional range, and hinted that if Bautista were to be cast as Drax (hint: he is), it’s because of “his ability to access his emotions.” Gunn also made it abundantly clear that no one else was offered the Drax role, specifically referring to the multiple reports of Jason Momoa having been offered the part initially. He also smiled when asked about Zoe Saldana, saying “maybe” as to her casting as Gamora.

Guardians of the Galaxy is being rewritten and directed by James Gunn and begins shooting in London this summer. It will be released in 3D.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, 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 2 on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and Doctor Strange sometime after that.

Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes who you’d like to voice Rocket Raccoon!

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  1. I wonder if Rocket Raccoon will check into his room, only to find Gideon’s Bible…

  2. Is Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s answer to Star Wars universe? I know nothing about GoG but the artwork sure has a Ralph McQuarrie vibe to them.

    As for Rocky Racoon, I vote for Anthony Hopkins or Simon Pegg.

    • Anthony Hopkins already plays Odin so that would be a bit difficult to explain.

      • John Rhys-Davies played both Gimli and Treebeard in LotR and no one had a problem with that. That’s what the good actors, you know, do :)

  3. I’m very excited for this movie. I don’t know why some people think that aliens and mythical races are A-ok, but a genetically modified animal is “ridiculous”, but haters gonna hate and we’re gonna enjoy an awesome movie!

    • If it can work for a talking rat in TMNT then why not.

      • but thing is the TMNT characters have always been campy (including the first TMNT live action movie), even in the different toon renditions of the TMNT over the years. So is Marvel going for a campy guardians movie? That’s the question.

        • I guess I’m a hater. I’ve never complained about anything in any comic book movie. I didn’t even complain about the last Ghost Rider, but this is ridiculousness. All of the great heroes to be made into movies and they gotta go with this. Tell you the truth, I didn’t like the comics either. They were okay, but mainly bc of Peter Quill.

        • While the cartoons and live action movies have always been campy, the original comics were anything but (that I can recall) It’s only when licensing took over and they were turned, “kid friendly” that we got the excessive campiness.

  4. What are the chances of the guy who played him in Earth’s Mightiest Heroes reprising the role?

  5. I think David Tennant for Rocket Raccoon.

  6. I am so looking forward to this movie. Gunn has this group down, he gets them and has a vision. He’s the right guy to head up GotG.

    Now, hire Jason Statham already for Rocket’s voice.

    A lot of people are going to be surprised by how good this will be.

  7. “been created by these guys to be a mean-ass fighting machine.”

    YES! thats what i wanted to know. phew

  8. I do like the model of rocket raccoon at the top of the page.

  9. Tom Hardy or Ray Winstone for Rocket Raccoon.

  10. fi kindf funny that som of you (you know who you are) CLOWNS will read an article and take the time to comment only to say something about how you dont want to see the movie,
    OR how bad it is gonna be with a cartoon characteror RDJ
    and what that sucking sound is,
    I’ll tell you what the sucking sound is, IT IS YOU JOKERS TAKING UP AND SUCKING GOOD AIR ON YOUR WASTED LIFELESS BRAINS!
    IT IS THE IDIOCRACY THAT YOU BREATHE OUT EVERY 7 SECONDS, AND THE STUPIDITY OF THE THINGS YOU SAY!

    WE HOPE YOU CLOWNS DONT WASTE OUR GOOD TIMES BY GOING TO THE THEATRES AND MAKING THAT SUCKING SOUND WHILE SIMULTANIOUSLY RUINING OUR GOOD TIME!
    YOU ARE ALL PROBABLY JELOUS THAT WB/DC CANNOT MAKE A GOOD MOVIE TO SAVE THAT COMPANY’S LIFE, JELOUS THAT A “CARTOON RACCOON” WILL DO BETTER THAN YOUR PRECIOUS JL or MOS!
    IT IS OK FOR YOU QUEENS TO BE UPSET AND IT SHOWS YOUR STUPIDITY THAT YOU TAKE THE TIME TO READ AN ARTICLE ABOUT A MOVIE THAT YOU DONT WANT TO SEE or WASTE YOU TIME WRITING ABOUT HOW YOU HATE THE IDEA AND HOW IT IS GONNA FAIL, STOP CRYING!!!
    you know it is gonna be killer and your jelousy is quite childish, In fact Im so surprised that you dont want to see a movie with a “cartoon raccoon” BECAUSE MOST CHILDREN LOVE CARTOONS!
    NOW GO AWAY AND CRY ON YOUR DC/WB POSTS

    • Who says the people who don’t like RR don’t want to see the movie? Sounds like you are the suckling baby. Why are you so offended that not everyone is on board with a talking raccoon? I guess you’re not comfortable enough with your nerddom.

  11. I FIND IT KIND OF FUNNY ^

    LMAO try to tear into these jokers that come here to rip on a movie they are not going to see anyway but waste their time posting negative comments about the movies characters and what happens?? my darn keyboard dont work for the first 4 words!

  12. Yeah, Jason Statham’s pretty famous, not only as fast talking, charismatic chancers in his early roles but also as a breakout action star so if he went back to his roots to play Rocket Raccoon, that could work incredibly well (I recommend Snatch if anyone hasn’t seen The Stath as anything other than a fighting machine).

    As for Peter Quill….who knows but his confidence in finding “that one guy” to play him has me excited.

    I also agree on Bautista’s acting ability. When he was scripted and instructed to deliver lines a certain way, he came off monotonous and cheesy as most pro wrestlers do but when he was let loose, he was pretty damn good at what he did. Not quite on the same level as Ric Flair, Austin Aries or The Rock but still good so I can see Drax being more than just dumb muscle.

    • Dazz, Dazz, Dazz, your MAN LOVE for “the stath” is a bit much!! the guy is a SO SO actor and the BIGGEST thing he has going for him is his fighting scenes but HOW CAN THAT TRANSLATE TO A TALKING RACCOON?? IT CANNOT!
      “THE STATH” could go back to selling jewelry on the street corner and I think only the rest of the geriatric crew of the expendables (and you of course)would notice.

      Actually your taste for actors is just PLAIN BAD if you really think Bautista is “pretty darn good”
      The ONLY thing that you proved in your post is that you are a BIG wrestling fan Especially if you really remember Ric Flair, Most of the guys on this site are probably TOO YOUNG to remember him (THATS IF THEY EVEN WASTED THEIR TIME ON WATCHING WRESTLING)!
      The Rock is the ONLY one that you mentioned that can actually act!
      BUT I personally would not call him a “MOVIE STAR”. I mean he has been in a cpl DECENT movies but NOTHING that made me think he was an exceptional actor, he can pass as an actor but that is not saying much because Jim carrey “passed” for an actor as well!

      I THINK YOU HAVE LOST YOUR MAN CARD FOR AT LEAST 2 WEEKS maybe 3. and even then you need to be put on Man card probation to make sure your man love does not get thrown around in the public as much as you do for “the stath”

      • lol your funny

        • My funny what?

  13. Joe Gatt should’ve been Drax the Destroyer…NUFF Said!..
    (:

  14. I would love it if Hannah Shaw-Williams had a cameo in it! :D

  15. Maybe I’m but late posting my comment and all, but like it or not, Rocket Raccoon is going to own this movie! 8D

  16. So, I’m curious..

    And no one has even said anything remotely close to this, or about this particular character.

    but…

    who is going to voice Groot?

  17. Ian McShane has a cool voice (voice of Tai Lung from Kung Fu Panda), Rocket Raccoon will sound tough with this guy.

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