UPDATED: Bradley Cooper just joined Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, and (maybe) Vin Diesel. This cast is really happening, folks.
UPDATED (AUG. 30, 2013): Marvel Studios has had a habit of occasionally casting out-of-the-box actors for its movies. Kat Dennings in Thor and Robert Redford in 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier aren't the sort of actors one might expect to see in a comic book movie. Most famously, pre-Iron Man Robert Downey, Jr. was a quirky character actor with zero box office cred.
With Guardians of the Galaxy, however, co-writer-director James Gunn (Slither) has apparently been given carte blanche to cast his movie pretty much entirely with actors you would never expect to see in a modern comic book movie — or, at least, never in the way he's cast them. With each new casting notice, this movie — which started production in July — just gets more and more koo-koo-brains exciting.
Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon
The latest addition to the cast would make a huge amount of sense as a superhero — just not this one. Cooper will lend his voice to play the genetically engineered talking raccoon who hails from a planet of the insane. Yup. Really. It's glorious.
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Vin Diesel as Groot, maybe
The Fast & Furious star has been dropping a lot of contradictory hints as to who in the Marvel universe he may be playing soon, and the latest is that he's in talks to lend his unmistakable baritone to the tree creature Groot, one of the five main Guardians. Since all anyone usually can hear him say is "I am Groot," it shouldn't too taxing of a gig.
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