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Michael Rooker is the latest member of the Guardians of the Galaxy

04.16.2013

The badass meter just shot up on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as another member of the squad has been cast. Fresh off his stint as Merle Dixon on THE WALKING DEAD, the one and only Michael Rooker will join the superhero team as Yondu. Rooker will join the already cast Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Zoe Saldana in the James Gunn directed movie.

For those of you still playing catch-up regarding the team members of the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, here is a brief summary cobbled from Wikipedia:

Yondu Udonta is a member of the Zatoan tribe, primitive beings native to Centauri IV. He functions as a hunter. His homeworld was the first planet to be colonized by humans that was outside Earth's solar system. Yondu is born in the late thirtieth century. Yondu's people had fled from contact with overwhelming earth colonizers who had begun arriving in 2940 A.D. Yondu possesses no superhuman physical powers, but is a natural mystic, like his entire tribe. As a member of the alien race of the planet Centauri IV, Yondu possesses an intuitive mystical "sixth sense" perception that permits him limited empathic relationships with other lifeforms. The higher the lifeform, the more limited is his empathic potential.

Yondu was a founding member of the Guardians and has had significant run ins with Captain America and Thor. From the sounds of this version of the team, James Gunn is really pulling together characters who tie in with existing Marvel movie heroes. I love this casting as Rooker has been a favorite of mine going all the way back to HENRY: PORTRAIT OF SERIAL KILLER. Usually painted more as a villain or an anti-hero, Rooker is not often used enough in roles like this. The last time I remember him really playing any kind of hero was in CLIFFHANGER alongside Sylvester Stallone. With fans forging a love-hate relationship with him on THE WALKING DEAD, his popularity with the target audience for a movie like this is perfect.

I wonder if Rooker will be playing a CGI enhanced role or will be bulking up himself. Either way, Rooker included is a big plus for me. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY will hit theaters on August 1, 2014.

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Extra Tidbit: Anybody have any issues with this movie? I sure as hell don't.
Source: Deadline

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6:34PM on 04/16/2013

good for merle

Dude is a great actor and deserves this more than most
Dude is a great actor and deserves this more than most
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5:27PM on 04/16/2013
FUCK YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love that Michael Rooker is getting some high profile gigs. He has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Anytime I see him in anything I get excited.
FUCK YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love that Michael Rooker is getting some high profile gigs. He has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Anytime I see him in anything I get excited.
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4:48PM on 04/16/2013

YES!!

Movie just jumped up much higher on my list, now I'm really looking forward to this
Movie just jumped up much higher on my list, now I'm really looking forward to this
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4:41PM on 04/16/2013

Fucking YES!

Well happy about this. Like most I would've liked Rooker for Rocket, but I'd rather have this Rooker than no Rooker at all.

Also I guess, just playing Devil's advocate, perhaps it was a wise decision to have the Racoon not sound so easily identifiable. It would probably be great at first, but then just be Michael Rooker from then on out which leaves very little room to see the actual character without mentally just seeing Rooker.

Still, phenomenal news.
Well happy about this. Like most I would've liked Rooker for Rocket, but I'd rather have this Rooker than no Rooker at all.

Also I guess, just playing Devil's advocate, perhaps it was a wise decision to have the Racoon not sound so easily identifiable. It would probably be great at first, but then just be Michael Rooker from then on out which leaves very little room to see the actual character without mentally just seeing Rooker.

Still, phenomenal news.
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4:13PM on 04/16/2013
I'm glad Michael Rooker and James Gunn are teaming up again but damnit, he's who I wanted to voice Rocket Raccoon!
I'm glad Michael Rooker and James Gunn are teaming up again but damnit, he's who I wanted to voice Rocket Raccoon!
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3:19PM on 04/16/2013

Extra Tidbit

I could definitely do without Bautista
I could definitely do without Bautista
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3:50PM on 04/16/2013
Amen, brotha, Other than that on weak link, the cast is looking pretty flippin impressive. I'm still not totally sold on Chris Pratt as Starlord, but I rewatched Zero Dark Thirty the other day and I'm becoming more and more willing to give the kid a shot.
Amen, brotha, Other than that on weak link, the cast is looking pretty flippin impressive. I'm still not totally sold on Chris Pratt as Starlord, but I rewatched Zero Dark Thirty the other day and I'm becoming more and more willing to give the kid a shot.
4:05PM on 04/16/2013
yep, shame Momoa was too dense to take the role...oh well.
yep, shame Momoa was too dense to take the role...oh well.
4:15PM on 04/16/2013
This comment should have way more thumbs ups. My only fear for this movie comes from Bautista.
This comment should have way more thumbs ups. My only fear for this movie comes from Bautista.
3:08PM on 04/16/2013
I remember Rooker original said he was reading for Rocket Raccoon, which would have been awesome. I was surprised this character is even involved. He's part of the old GotG team, not the one the movie is based on. Cool that he got involved (both actor and character)
I remember Rooker original said he was reading for Rocket Raccoon, which would have been awesome. I was surprised this character is even involved. He's part of the old GotG team, not the one the movie is based on. Cool that he got involved (both actor and character)
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2:56PM on 04/16/2013
I see they're keeping the best for last. They must've nabbed someone big for Rocket Racoon (my guess : it's gonna be Jim Carey).
I see they're keeping the best for last. They must've nabbed someone big for Rocket Racoon (my guess : it's gonna be Jim Carey).
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2:55PM on 04/16/2013
"Meat."
"Meat."
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2:53PM on 04/16/2013
This movie just keeps getting better and better! Cannot wait!
This movie just keeps getting better and better! Cannot wait!
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2:45PM on 04/16/2013
Easily the best casting so far. I'll admit I'm a little skeptical about this film, but this casting gives me a little more hope.

Now I can't wait to see who they get for Rocket Racoon.
Easily the best casting so far. I'll admit I'm a little skeptical about this film, but this casting gives me a little more hope.

Now I can't wait to see who they get for Rocket Racoon.
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