These early talks with Bradley Cooper have amounted to an offer being placed on the table, which will find the Academy Award nominated actor voicing an animated character for the first time. The role would give The Hangover star a chance to create an interpretation on the popular Guardians of the Galaxy character.
When Disney greenlit the project, it became an instant talking point amongst critics and fanboys who all wondered aloud just who would be the one actor to embrace the trigger-happy woodland creature from outer space. Anticipation for the character grew, as Rocket’s look was revealed in sizzle-reel footage at Disney’s D23 Expo. The character looks like your everyday, Earthbound critter who dig in your trash can, but his voice and personality were still a mystery. Vin Diesel (Fast and Furious) was also in the running to voice Rocket, although it’s now more than confirmed that he will instead voice the giant Ent-like creature Groot — another member of the Guardians, and Rocket Racoon’s best compadre.
As the smoke begins to clear around the speculation, attention is now focused on how Bradley Cooper will make Rocket Raccoon his own if he chooses to sign on to film.
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy will star Chris Pratt as their leader, with fellows-in-arms Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Batista), Rocket and Groot all engaging audiences in theaters on August 1, 2014.
Props: The Hollywood Reporter