‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Guide: Meet the Cast & Characters

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Cast Explain Characters

Guardians of the Galaxy Character Guide It's been over a year since Marvel Studios first revealed their plans to produce a Guardians of the Galaxy film adaptation. Following on the heels of well-known properties like Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and their combined Avengers team-up, many film fans are still trying to wrap their head around the Guardians of the Galaxy movie - which features the added challenge of introducing an entire ensemble team of alien beings. Many die hard comic book fans would be able to list-off in-depth back stories for the Guardians (and their antagonists) but Marvel still has a long way to go in educating casual filmgoers about the movie. To help get the ball rolling, at Comic-Con 2013, the Guardians of the Galaxy cast offered personal descriptions for their respective characters - as well as insights into what excites them most about the upcoming film.

Chris Pratt as Peter Quill

Guardians of the Galaxy Star Lord Chris Pratt Star-Lord aka Peter Quill: A cocky and sarcastic human pilot who ends up in space - caught in the middle of a universal conflict. Chris Pratt: “Without blowing too much of his origin or anything like that, there’s a petulance to him. He hasn’t really been held accountable as an adult. He’s been able to be kind of free in space and do whatever he’s wanted to do, and that’s really fun because it means that he’s, like, slept with all these super weird aliens. My favorite moment that I had was when I first donned my full wardrobe in the costume department. I put it on and I was just like, 'Wow.' All of the sudden my walk changed a little bit. That was pretty cool.” For more on Star-Lord, click here.

Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta

Guardians of the Galaxy Yondu Michael Rooker Yondu Udonta: An alien archer in tune with nature - from a primitive species that represented Earth’s first colonization of another planet a thousand years into the future. Michael Rooker: “There's a lot of me in Yondu. When I first read the script, I noticed right away that there were some aspects of Yondu's existence in this world that are close to mine. For example, there's the tough love and attitude I have toward some of the other cast members. In a lot of the movies I've done, I hardly ever do make-up [...] When I get mad, I get red. When I get embarrassed, I get red. When I get turned on, I get red - and I want the audience to see that as well! You know? In the character. So if the character’s getting mad, getting turned on, getting upset or something, you’d  see that in the facial tones and the skin tones and that’s what I enjoy about acting - to be very subtle like that. I prefer to have no makeup at all - but not in this one!” For more on Yondu, click here.

Zoe Saldana as Gamora

Guardians of the Galaxy Gamora Gamora: A deadly assassin and the last of her species. The adopted daughter of Thanos - who eventually turned against him after a brutal and violent upbringing. Zoe Saldana: “She turns green when she blushes, she turns green when she’s mad, when she’s turned on…  [a joke in reference to Rooker's comments about acting]. What’s wonderful is that she has grown up in an environment that has misrepresented how she truly, truly feels inside, and she’s gonna discover that, hopefully. I feel very excited to be joining the Marvel family of superheroes, and I do believe that the Guardians have bigger powers in a way. And if we were up against Captain America or Thor, we would totally kick ass.” For more on Gamora, click here.

David Bautista as Drax the Destroyer

Guardians of the Galaxy Drax the Destroyer Drax the Destroyer: A silent, physical, green-skinned brute type, who (in the comic books) died as a human and was later resurrected as, essentially, a biological weapon with one purpose: to hunt down and kill Thanos. David Bautista: “Drax the Destroyer is a pretty bad dude. He’s full of rage and full of honor. He’s very literal. The best thing about Drax is he's hysterical without meaning to be. I think that's what I love the most about Drax." [Acting] is new to me, but I still go to work and I’m a student at this and I’m not afraid to let people know this is new to me. I’m still learning and I’m not afraid to go up to people and pick their brains and ask for advice because to me, that’s how you get better. That’s how I got better at everything I’ve ever done - don’t be too proud to ask for help. I’m learning a lot every day on this project from the cast, from the director, from the crew–even the film’s producers. Just learning, learning. That’s what it’s all about." For more on Drax the Destroyer, click here.

Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer

Guardians of the Galaxy Korath Korath the Pursuer aka Korath-Thak: A Kree agent that develops superhuman tracking abilities thorough the implementation of cyber-genetics - becoming a feared intergalactic hunter. Djimon Hounsou: “I play Korath, he's a humanoid but I want to highlight a story about my son: I have a four-year-old son and one day he looked up and said he loves all the superheroes from Spider-Man to Batman to Iron Man. He’s got all the costumes, and one day he looks at me, he says, ‘Papa, I want to be light skinned so I can be Spider-Man because Spider-Man is light skinned.’ That was a shocker to me so I’m extremely excited to be part of a Marvel universe so that hopefully it can provide sort of like a diverse outlook to superheroes or bad guys in those stories. It’s important for us to be part of that, and specifically for me.

Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser

Guardians of the Galaxy Ronan Accuser Ronan the Accuser: A Kree warrior. Ronan is a key member of the Kree, one of the alien races rumored years ago to potentially be a part of the first Avengers movie. The Kree are enemies of the Skrulls, and Ronan is a super powerful judge, jury and executioner. Lee Pace: “He's been around since 1967, in Fantastic Four number 65, so there's a lot of stories that I've been able to research. I’m just really excited to make a villain that is complicated and that there’s a core of him that you can find something that you understand, you know? I don’t know, he’s pretty bad though He's a bad dude.” For more on Ronan and the Kree, click here.

Karen Gillan as Nebula

Guardians of the Galaxy Nebula Nebula: A villainous space pirate who used her fleet to attack various alien civilizations (and The Avengers) - and once claimed to be a descendent of Thanos. Nebula relies on keen battle planning and sharp combat skills (as well as high tech weaponry) to conquer her enemies. Karen Gillan: “She looks pretty weird but one of the most interesting things about the character for me is her very strange and complex relationship to Gamora.” For more on Nebula, click here.

Benicio Del Toro as The Collector

Guardians of the Galaxy The Collector Del Toro The Collector aka Taneleer Tivan: The last surviving member of a highly-intelligent species, he was granted immortality from “Death,” and has the ability to see into the future. He collects actual beings - so that, in the event of intergalactic annihilation, he can reseed the universe with lifeforms. Benicio Del Toro: “He collects things, like everyone does. I think it’s pretty cool that he’s got his own personal zoo.” Fun fact: Director James Gunn claims that before Del Toro gave his answer about the zoo, the actor was actually going to say the weirdest aspect of The Collector is his hair. For more on The Collector, click here.

Rocket Raccoon and Groot

Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Groot Actor Rocket Raccoon: The “heart” of Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon is the product of a genetic manipulation program on the planet Halfworld - where animals were given humanoid properties and enhanced intellect. Groot: An advanced alien plant creature - somewhat similar to the Ents in the Lord of the Rings series (though there are plenty of differences). Friends with Rocket Raccoon, he can absorb as well as control other vegetation and heal damaged areas of his body. On the subject of casting Rocket Raccoon and Groot: Bradley Cooper will voice the militant raccoon, while Vin Diesel will play Groot. [Updated by Ed.]

Guardians of the Galaxy Character Guide Which characters are you most looking forward to seeing onscreen? Did you know much about these characters or comic books before the movie was announced? We'll keep you up to date on Guardians of the Galaxy as further official information is released. ___ Guardians of the Galaxy releases in theaters on August 1, 2014. Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for further updates on Guardians of the Galaxy as well as future movie, TV, and gaming news.
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  1. Here’s how I see it going down, Peter Quill (ex-fighter pilot) is arrested one night for drunk driving, drunk and disorderly, and stealing several crates of beer from a gas station. He denies these charges drunkenly, and is thrown in jail for the night. He gets out and runs off into the forest, where he finds an empty impact crater, and a landed spacecraft with scavengers looking for what made it. he’s the only one that can see the aliens and their ship though, he tries to warn the police chasing him, but they don’t believe him and are injured. Quill is picked up by what the aliens are looking for, an advanced and sentient spaceship called ship, she beams him aboard and demands he authorise her to leave earth. He learns he is half alien, and hence can see through cloaks and remove her protocols by forming a psychic bond with her. He agrees as the aliens locate them both, and she flies him out of the solar system. He is then arrested for piloting a stolen ship while under the influence of depressants, and is put in a space prison with his cellmate, rocket racoon, and a number of other ne’er-do-wells. The prison is then cleaved in two by unseen forces and he uses ship to aid the group in escaping. Thus the first act ends…

    Also, the reason he quit being a pilot was because it was him that fired the nuke at Manhattan and he struggles to deal with it.

    • this would be a good idea. if they didnt already announce he has been in space all his adult life. i think its his father who is the alien and his mum is the human. he had always known what he is from what ive read.

    • That would be really cool actually lol
      Nice way of linking the movies further

  2. Hope they do Rocket and Groot justice.

    Be nice to see proper aliens like we used to get with Star Wars instead of the “nose ridge” aliens we’ve got from Trek et all

    • Especially Rocket because James Gunn said he will the heart of the movie and the team. I wonder who will voice him and Groot because Groot has a deep voice

      • I call for James Earl Jones for Groot

        • The voice of Groot should be Worf from Star Trek Next Generation

        • I think that black guy from the Underworld movies would be and awesome groot voice.

  3. So excited for Ronan The Accuser!!! One of my favorite villains.
    This movie is getting better and better with every reveal.

    • Oh hell yea! I hope to see Gamora fight Ronan like in the comics. Seeing her throw him a quarter mile should be epic!

  4. for me this movie rivals the avengers in the fact this is do or die for marvel. this movie is just as important as the avengers and if it all works out then the cosmic factor to the shared universe is really going to work. if avengers failed then marvel would have had to do something else but it all worked.

    right now thor and this have me so excited, more so than the avengers 2 right now and i think a lot of other people will be too. maybe not to much toward thor. people seem to think thor 1 was the weakest of the phase 1.

    • Thor was actually my favourite of Phase 1. Iron Man 2 seems to be the consensus for weakest. But I watched it again recently and it’s nowhere near worthy of the complaints it gets. Cap was the weakest for me but that’s just because I find him and his story the least interesting. It’s a very subjective opinion.

  5. My most anticipated Marvel movie! It seems like they really nailed the tone and the characters from what I’ve read. I expect the origins will be different, though… just how much remains to be seen.

    • I 2nd that, man.

      Karen Gillan did say, “the most interesting things about the character for me is her very strange and complex relationship to Gamora.”

      To me, they are keeping their origins perfect. Everything points to Thanos.

      • Maybe they’ll pull a ‘Kick-Ass’ and stay fairly true to the Marvel NOW comics with a little ‘Annihilation: Conquest’ era GOTG sprinkled in?

        I personally hope it’s not too predictable, I don’t really want to know what happens. I wanna be surprised… in a good way of course!

  6. so far guardians of the galaxy is looking better and better, glad the movie audience is getting something new. it will do well because the marvel brand is strong and as long as the story is not like iron man 3 they should be fine.

  7. I love Marvel taking big chances like this. They’re gutsy….. you’ve got to admire them for that.

    • you shouldn’t think of it as a marvel film, then it seems more like a really good space opera, there hasn’t been one for a while.

  8. I love Batista’s attitude. He is open for learning and that will help him grow as an actor. He might become the next Dwayne Johnson. Not a good actor but fun to see in action flicks.

    • The Rock is actually a good actor relative to action stars though. Schwarzenegger and Stallone are terrible actors for instance.

    • @Hitmonlee

      That’s the exact same attitude he’s always had, which is just awesome. The guy’s quick to admit when he isn’t good at something and busts his butt to improve and that’s one reason why I loved the fact that he was cast in a Marvel movie and given such a massive opportunity.

    • That’s good of you to point out, hitmonlee. I did the same thing yesterday after I watched what he said on the GotG panel. He came across as very humble and grateful for being a part of the movie.

  9. This is also my most anticipated Marvel film. After sleeping on it, this whole Avengers: Age of Ultron plot pisses me off. How can you include Ultron without Hank Pym? Why not The Mighty Avengers instead of Avengers: Age of Ultron? If Quicksilver & Scarlett Witch aren’t going to be Eternals like Thanos, what’s the point of having them

    • yeah hank pym should have been the one creating ultron but personally i think marvel studios is still in its infancy with trying to introduce characters properly. over a span of 3 years they only have 6 movies in which to fit everything in with one movie to cap the whole phase off.
      the new ultron origin story turned me off from supporting this movie in
      the imax format unless ultron looks like ultron and the visual and special effects are going to be more incredible.

    • Totally agree. Something doesn’t add up.

  10. Still worried about the damn raccoon! It’ll make parts of the movie hard to take……like that floppy eared bastard from Star Wars.

    • I doubt he’ll be an actual racoon, more like a rodent like alien, and then they’ll take him seriously in the writing phase, I think he should be the second in command, and introduced as extremely dangerous.

      • You obviously have clue zero about who the character is because if you did you wouldn’t be asking he be made into an alien rodent.

        Also not understanding why the writers couldn’t take a anthropomorphized raccoon seriously but yet CAN somehow take an alien rodent seriously? makes…no…sense…

    • Don’t you dare speak of Yoda that way!

      • Kieran, raccoons aren’t rodents- just so you know.

  11. During that panel Djimon Hounsou said, Korath and Ronan are allied with Thanos. That should be interesting.

    Hopefully at NYC Comic Con, we will see who will voice Rocket.

    In the cartoons, between his two voice overs in “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” and “Ultimate Spider-Man” I’d say Greg Ellis’ tough guy Australian accent fit him the best. Billy West in Ultimate Spider-Man didn’t cut it for me; he sounded too cartoony.

    I have faith in James Gunn tho. Him and his team will do good.

    • Rocket Raccoon had a British Cockney accent in Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, not an Australian accent. A common mistake.

      Greg Ellis did end up reprising his role in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, if anyone was curious.

      • All the more reason for Statham to take on the role!

        • I like the Statham idea. That could work. Nice!

  12. Why is Nebula bald?? I certainly don’t remember her that way. But on the panel, Hardwick even says to her, “but nebula is bald…” and then she takes off the wig. I just did a google image search even and the only pic of her bald that comes up is the one from this article.

    • I’m pretty sure he meant Nebula is bald in this particular incarnation. He said it as a setup for her to take off her wig so I’m sure he knew beforehand.

  13. Totally excited for the film! Really different and could be a sleeper hit :)

    Could be the new Star Wars even before Star Wars 7 is released.

  14. Is it David Batista or David BaUtista? And why not use Dave… o_O

    • His real name is David Bautista, I believe. Batista was his wrestling name. Also, I think he uses David now because people in the wrestling world referred to him as Dave too. Sounds like he wants to shy as far away from wrestling as possible.

  15. I just don’t get it. A talking raccoon and a talking tree? Is this a live action version of Pocahontas?

    • “Not a Raccoon!” -Rocket

  16. When I first heard about GotG, I was convinced that it’d turn out to be a good movie. I was so confident since Marvel execs had to know that a lot of people would be skeptical, so Marvel needed to put in extra effort to make sure the movie turns out to be good. We’ll see if that happens.

  17. Easily the marvel film I am most excited for at this point now that I know there will be no Hank Pym
    and most likely a s***** Scott Lang character.

  18. I’ve read comic from the late 60′s to the mid 80′s, and I never even heard of GOTG. But I’m looking forward to seeing this movie.

    • If you’ve never heard of GotG, you probably didn’t read the Avengers/Defenders or Michael/Korvac storylines, two of the biggest Avengers storylines of the 70s!

  19. bautista’s attitude is awesome :) the guy knows he isn’t a top dog actor and is trying as best he can to better himself as one :)

    really looking forward to seeing marvels phase 2 movies, now that the origins are out of the way (for the most part) the writers can focus on deeper narrative, more action and more growth of the larger universe. except for the ironman trilogy which just got worse and worse (thor also looks like it’s going down the same path).

  20. I’m looking forward to Cap 2 the most, largely because that movie seems to be more connected to the larger marvelverse more than any other, having black widow, fury, sheild, etc.

    but

    this cast looks great, especially the leads of Pratt,Saldana and Bautista… Starlord, Gamora and Drax they are indeed. And what a fantastic supporting cast, Del Toro, Rooker… like someone above said, this could be the star wars a year before episode 7, except with superheros and in the marvelverse!

    There are so many characters, for anyone complaining about no Adam Warlock, I’m sure he and Nova will be in the sequel. There’s hardly room for them here.

  21. heres my idea, THANOS seeks out infinite guanlet(which is in Thor #1. GotG is sent to stop him from destroying asgard. Thanos realizes GotG has the gauntlet thor involved BOOM

  22. I never heard of Guardians Of The Galaxy until the announcement of a movie adaptation was made, having said this, I am, however, familiar with the John Byrne StarLord that was published, I think, around 1981 or 1982.

    I am unfamiliar with all of the characters save for StarLord. The Starlord costume and new background story is LAME, LAME, LAME.

    • Search for the Michael/Korvac TPB – one of the best Avengers storylines EVER, IMHO!

  23. Damn, Starlord (new version) is LAME.

    • Are you referring to Starhawk? Totally different character from Starlord (whom I must confess, I know next to nothing about).

  24. Stay true to the characters. Peter (Star lord) is a total dush that finds himself in a family of misfits. Unlike the original Guardians:They personalty have nothing to lose but pull together to find they gain more in the battle.

  25. so lemme get this straight… marvel can pull a bunch of 52nd stringer space opera rejects out of the bottom of their barrel (dgmw i love rocket &co)cobble together a straight to dvdesque movie ensemble of 3 capable actors &multiple also rans non starters &downright wooden auteurs……. &EVERYONES up in arms with anticipation…..

    but THE ORIGINAL MOST ICONIC SUPER TEAM IN THE WORLD AKA THE JUSTICE LEAGUE cant gain any fanboy traction cause: no one knows who they all are/motivations etc so it puting them together all at once wouldnt work without a longterm buildup???

    just doesnt addup

    • Wesley Gibson’s comment nailed it.

    • I have never heard of Guardians Of The Galaxy until the announcement of this movie. It’s really funny. I don’t think my generation has ever heard of them. You’re right, Wesley. It does not make any sense at all.

  26. I’d love to see Doug Jones’ take on the Groot. He was Abe Sapien from Hellboy and Fauno/Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth.

  27. Looks cool. Call me weird but i’ve never heard of guardians of the galaxy. Is joseph gordon-levitt gonna be in this still? I hope.

  28. I HAVE NEVER EVEN HERD OF THESE GUYS….I WANT VANCE, CHARLE27, NIKKI AND THE OTHER GUARDINS I KNOW..NOT A RACOON..UGGGGG NOT HAPPY WITH THIS AT ALL..I EVEN HATED THE TRAILER..