Briefly: The search for Rocket Raccoon is over. Latino-Review is reporting that Bradley Cooper has been offered the role of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. If this is true, the long search for [arguably] the most interesting member of the film has been filled with an incredible actor. I can’t wait to see what he’ll do with the role.
Here’s what director James Gunn has said about the character:
There are a lot of people who have a lot of ideas of who is right for Rocket Racoon. Rocket Racoon 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.
I do think we’re very, very different from Star Wars. Some of the concept art that came out is under my tutelage, and some of it is before my tutelage. The concept art that came out is only stuff that was on the big Marvel collected disc set, talking about phase two and it had some stuff from Guardians. Some of the art by Charlie Wen and the guys. The Rocket that was by itself was an early version of my Rocket that I dealt with Charlie when developing. He doesn’t look so much like that anymore, but there’s a lot of similarities in that he’s more of a grounded, real little creature as opposed to a cartoonish thing.
I’ve done a lot of studying with real racoons, and we had real racoons come in. We’ve done photography with them, I’ve played with racoons, and fed racoons, and dealt a lot with real racoons to get some of the behaviour down, because it’s really, really important to me that Rocket Racoon, 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.
Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn, currently stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael Rooker, Vin Diesel, and John C. Reilly. The film is set to release in 3D on August 1, 2014.