“Guardians of the Galaxy” Update: Bradley Cooper Officially Joins, Kevin Feige Tells You About the Characters

Rocket Raccoon officially has a voice.

Some bits of “Guardians of the Galaxy” related news today.

Rumored now true–Bradley Cooper has indeed officially signed on to voice Rocket the Raccoon. When I try to imagine the voice of a tough raccoon fighter, Cooper’s voice doesn’t necessarily come to mind, but I’m willing to let him prove me wrong.

In Empire, Marvel Chief Kevin Feige talks about the role of Thanos in the movie and gives mini breakdowns of some of the characters.

First, Feige discusses villains:

“Ronan The Accuser is very much the main bad guy. And Thanos is lurking above it all. You will learn more about Thanos in ‘Guardians,’ for sure. Certainly you’ll get more than the one turn-around-and-smirk. You’ll get much more than that….We’ve already said that Thanos plays a part in it [the Marvel universe] and is a character in it. That in and of itself should tell you it’s connected to the other worlds.”

Now what do you want to know about the Guardians? Here’s how Feige describes them:

“Drax (Dave Bautista) has one goal and one goal only, which is to kill Ronan because of a past tragedy.”

“When we meet Gamora (Zoe Saldana), she’s a bad guy working with Ronan and Nebula and Korath and, by extension, for Thanos. Gamora doesn’t necessarily like doing that anymore, and tries to find a new path for herself. But she has such a reputation as the deadliest woman in the galaxy that people aren’t greeting her with open arms.”

“Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) left Earth in the mid-’80s, but when we meet back up with him he’s very much a citizen of the universe.”

“Groot is a species that happens to look like trees look, and is quite communicative if you can understand the different inflections in the way he says, ‘I am Groot.’”

“Rocket has been genetically and mechanically altered, he’s an experiment from one part of the galaxy.

Also starring Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Gregg Henry, Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters August 1, 2014.

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