Guardians of the Galaxy: David Tennant Rumored For Rocket Raccoon

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Chris Pratt is getting in superhero shape to lead the upcoming team of cosmic characters joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe next year in James Gunn’s Guardian of the Galaxy. Joining him will be a green-painted Zoe Saldana as Gamora and a knife-wielding Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. With the non-animated core roster of characters revealed at last year’s Comic-Con now signed, and supporting roles starting to be filled, it’s soon time to find out who’s voicing the animated leads.

Gunn describes the soon-to-be-popular Rocket Raccoon as the “heart” of Guardians of the Galaxy and he hinted that he already had someone in mind. Could it be ex-Doctor Who star David Tennant?

The rumor that David Tennant will voice Rocket Raccoon comes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe Facebook fanpage, and understandably, with the sheer amount of false rumors in recent months about Iron Man 3, there were a lot of skeptical comments in response to the post to which the admin defended by claiming adamantly that his info is legit and exclusive.

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While walking the red carpet at the London premiere of Iron Man 3 two weeks ago, Gunn spoke guardedly about the characters and cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, indicating that he already had someone in mind for Rocket.

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.”

As for the characters officially cast, Gunn spoke highly of his leading man Chris Pratt at the time as well, and on his Facebook page reiterated the sentiment over the weekend to fans curious about the decision to cast the Parks and Recreation star as the gun-toting Cosmic Avenger known as Star-Lord.

“Chris Pratt auditioned against A-list big-time movie stars for the most desired role around and Marvel was ballsy enough to back me when I wanted to hire him. I’ll love them forever for going with me on that. No other studio in the world would have ever taken that risk. Nor would any other studio in the world ever have hired me (or Joss Whedon, etc) to do this type of film. Same with the others. Anyone who has followed me for a while knows I either speak my mind or shut the f*ck up. I never say I love something if I don’t.”

Continuing his praise of Marvel Studios for supporting him and his casting decisions, Gunn added:

“And, to be completely frank, I’ve been way more pressured to cast “names” on nearly every independent film I’ve ever done.”

Fans will be very happy to hear that Marvel Studios is letting Gunn choose actors who best fit the role as opposed to going for the obvious “bankable” names. Marvel’s track record with stellar, yet unexpected casting dates back to 2007 when they let Jon Favreau hire Robert Downey Jr. for the now-world-recognized role of Tony Stark in Iron Man. They even turned Chris Hemsworth into a superstar thanks to Thor instead of going for rumored names like Brad Pitt years ago.

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There are various incarnations of Rocket Raccoon in cartoons, comics and video games, but fans have been vocal here on Screen Rant about finding someone who can bring a Cockney accent to the character, or at least a good British one. Tennant speaks with an Estuary accent (more Southern England) in Doctor Who despite his Scottish heritage and is an obvious fan-favorite among the geek community. If the rumor is true, does he fit the bill?

Who will voice Groot? Early rumors at Marvel interested in Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey for something while rumors pointed towards Kevin Durand possibly being looked at for a role.

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 if want Tennant to voice Rocket Raccoon!

Source: James GunnMCU Facebook

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  1. I’m in.

  2. Give to someone who gives a good laugh, like Danny DeVito

    • My girlfriend says you suck, sorry.

  3. David Tennant naturally speaks with the Scottish accent he was born with. He only used the generic “non-region specific” accent for Doctor Who and Harry Potter for general reasons related to connecting more with audiences.

    He could probably pull it off but I’m still hopeful for Jason Statham.

    • Good call.

    • I was just about to say that. Beat me to the punch.

    • Jason Statham isn’t in to comic book movies he’s stated that many times before, so if you wanna get someone to do the voice do a little better then Jason and pick Ray Winstone.

      • Ray could work too but Statham only needs to provide his voice and walk away with the cash without having to see the finished product.

        Both can do the comedy roles and the swaggering, cocksure characters and still come across as tough but out of the two, my preference is Stath. Plus I worry about US audiences. I mean, they had trouble figuring out what Bane was saying in TDKR for some reason because of his accent so I assume a proper Cockney like Stath or Winstone (especially the latter) would make it tough to comprehend.

        Then again…I was re-reading parts of The Thanos Imperative just now in Tennant’s Scottish accent and it seemed to work but if a Scottish actor is gonna be used and that accent chosen for Rocket, why not Billy Connolly?

        • Billy Connolly? No way. Gerard Butler perhaps?

            • As long as they don’t let Danny Dyer anywhere near it.

              • To quote Mark Kermode, “DANNY DYAAAAHHHH!”

            • What about Temuera Morrison? Yes, I know he’s from New Zealand, but I’m sure he can make it work.

              • Maybe Bob Hoskins or Michael Caine. They’re both cockneys.

  4. Imagine Kevin Conroy as Rocket Raccoon. Now THAT would catch people off guard

    • I wouldn’t be able to take him seriously.. the voice of batman coming out of a raccoon.. that would just be weird. I realize you’re just posing it as a hypothetical but man.. that would be weird.

  5. I think this would be a fine choice. He’s a great actor and I just picture his voice from Fright Night coming out of Rocket Raccoon and it sounds pretty pefect. I would happy with this.

  6. Troll fail

  7. i love tennant so m fine with this.

  8. Rocket Knight Adventures released in 1993.

    Marvel’s Rocket Raccoon debuted in 1976.

    • Scoreboard!!

  9. Cool if its true.

  10. I think that if they want a semi comedic performance from somebody that can do cockney swagger then they should see if Bob Hoskins would do the part. He’s got the gruff cockneyness and has done semi comedic roles in the past. Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

    • Nice, no clue why he hasn’t been mentioned until now.

    • Bobs retired. :(

    • Except Bob Hoskins has retired after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. He’d be a great choice. David Tennant would do wonders with the role, as he has taken to voice acting more recently.

      • Wow, I did not know that. That’s sad for him. Damn, I feel bad for not knowing now.

  11. I would put ZERO stock on this.

    The same guy at their page private messaged me months ago asking if i could link to his page (on my facebook page) and if i did that he would do the same.

    In the end not only was he just looking for more hits but he never did his end of the bargain.

    ZERO credebility.

  12. Rocket Raccoon…well, what’s next, Missle Mongoose?
    Give him a cookie. That’s what raccoons like. They eat them with alot of “der smakensies uv der lipskis”. That’s what raccoons do. Salerno butter cookies, that’s what is on their menu. Make a raccoon happy today. Give him a butter cookie.

    • I come to these Guardians of the Galaxy reports, not to read the report but to only read what Goldilocks has to say.

      • You shoulda seen what I used to write on Blastr’s site before they changed the format and I quit leaving comments there (don’t wanna haveta join Twitter-twatter or MyFace or whatever those social networking sites are)!

        In the meantime, why do I picture Rocket Raccoon’s voice sounding like Woody Woodenpecker??

        • Bcuz you are a very special person.

  13. David Tennant?

    I’m a Doctor Who fan……. Great casting choice!

    I’m in.

  14. Awesome. Much better than the Adam Sandler rumor.

  15. This rumor should be true, it only makes sense.

  16. The possibility of two Doctors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe- and some of the better ones I may add- what is not to like?

    I actually talked about Tennant voicing Rocket some time ago. Among others in the list was Jason Statham, Daniel Craig, Benedict Cumberbatch (why not right), Michael Fassbender (this is a geek fantasy).

    But seriousness David Tennant sounds like an amazing choice if he is considered.

    • Yeah I’ve seen people mentioning him too. Because of that, it does seem kinda too good to be true. On the other hand, it was Alan Fine who decided that Rocket Raccoon have a Cockney accent for Marvel vs Capcom 3, so it’s actually very probable they want to take the same approach for the movie.

  17. Q. Who uses the word “jabroni”?

    A. Trolls.

    • As a Fan of The Rock (in his original WWE run, not the sh*t we’ve been getting now) I sprinkle Jabroni into my everyday language. Anyways, I’m a Dcotor Who fan, but I really don’t know about Tennant, considering I’ve never hear his true accent, though I did love his run as the Tenth Doctor.

      • We have a jabroni-sprinkler in the house! (Now dry your shoes and stand closer to the cistern next time, me bucko!).

    • “Know your role, or I’ll treat you to a night at the Smackdown Hotel on I-Don’t-Like-Pie Blvd., you Roodie-Poo!”, while Stone-Cold opens up a can of Campbell’s Cream of Whoop-arse soup! Yeah, those were the days in the old WWF!

  18. Lol of course marvel/disney would be ok for chris pratt, he’s dirt cheap/they can sin him for next to nothing. Pretty sure the last thing they want is an RDJ scenario (avengers profits he took in).

  19. Ok so I’m a huge Tennant fan so any involvement he could potentially have within the MCU would be fantastic. That said though as awesome as this would be I’d much rather see him land a role that would allow him to do more than lend his voice into a CGI character persona. Wishful thinking but perhaps … ant man … anyone?

  20. I was just listening to some of your music earlier. Your work on Kid Icarus Uprising *thumbs up*

  21. I’m all for the British accent but unless RR was raised in Great Britain, having RR speak with a British accent needs to be explained how and why. If someone with a British accent was his first caretaker or master before he was genetically modified, it would make sense, otherwise it wouldn’t.

    • “Lots of planets have a North!”

      • + 1

    • The folks up in Asgard speak with British dialects too (Thor, Loki, Odin, Frigga etc.), so why would they have to explain Rocker Raccoon? And they’re not in fact British, but Aesir. The dark elves will be speaking the same way, I can guarantee it.

      It’s an All-speak matter, it’s just our human ears that hear it as (British) English. I think that’s the official comic explanation why the aliens speak English.

  22. Nothing wrong with Tennant, but shouldn’t a talented voice actor voice a CGI character? I’m sick of hearing the ‘big name stars’ putting their voice to animation. It’d be so distracting hearing Carrey or Sandler putting their annoying voices to the screen.

    • Tennant was nominated last week for a Daytime Emmy for his voicework on The Clone Wars. Also, did you miss his turn as Charles Darwin on Pirates! A Band of Misfits? He’s plenty qualified…

  23. It would be interesting to hear Liam Neeson playing the part of Rocket Raccoon. That would catch people off guard. Besides he played aslan in the narnia series so it could work

  24. Off are meds again buddy?

  25. I like this choice

  26. ScreenRant, please IP block this YuzoStupido dude up there^^^^.

  27. Make Rocket Raccoon CGI! I cannot imagine him as live person in makeup!Please let this be the case!

    • Are you serious?

    • Hahahahaha….a live person in make up? What are you talking about? Of course hes gonna be cgi, maybe mocap.

    • Live in make-up? Played by who, a Keebler Elf or a Smurf? He’d end up looking more like Yogi Bear!

  28. Man I’m going to be so bummed if this isn’t true!!! It would be PERFECT!!!

  29. If he does do it he should play him like his character in Fright Night. I just watched a scene from that movie on YouTube and I could totally picture Rocket Raccoon having his voice.