The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker is set to re-team with his Slither director, James Gunn, for Guardians of the Galaxy. Rooker has also previously worked with Gunn by appearing in his film Super, but fans know Rooker most recently as playing Merle Dixon in AMC’s The Walking Dead. Rooker also burst onto the world of movies by giving a chilling portrayal of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas in John McNaughton’s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
He will now join Gunn’s Marvel superhero flick, Guardians of the Galaxy, reports Deadline, and Rooker will be playing the character of Yondu. Per Deadline: He will play Yondu,who in Marvel lore was a game hunter of a primitive tribe native to Centauri IV, the first planet system to be colonized outside of the Sun’s solar system. He eventually bands together with fellow fugitives to form the superhero team.
Here is what we know so far of Guardians of the Galaxy’s cast and plot details:
The leader of Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill AKA Star Lord, has been cast with Chris Pratt playing the role, and the other human based role, Drax the Destroyer, has been filled by WWE legend Dave Bautista.
Per Heat Vision, Zoe Saldana is in talks to play Gamora in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The skilled assassin character sports green skin and is that last of her species, which was exterminated by a race known as the Badoon. More interestingly, though, is the fact that the character was raised and trained by supervillain Thanos before eventually turning against him. Thanos was glimpsed in the tag at the end of The Avengers and is rumored to be the main villain in The Avengers 2, so one assumes that he’ll also play a major role in the Guardians of the Galaxy story given that Gunn’s film serves as the lead-in to Avengers 2.
We already know that James Gunn (Slither, Super) is writing and directing the Marvel film, but apart from a planned release date of August 2014, very little else is known of the film. The characters are not the most well known in the Marvel universe, and already two characters have been given smaller roles in order to ease audiences in to the story. The talking Raccoon called Rocket and the Tree called Groot will take a back step to allow more human-like characters to be used. The space based superhero’s are set to be lead by Peter Quill, AKA Star-Lord.
Peter Quill aka Star-Lord was born of a human mother and alien father, and he’s a master strategist and combat expert who wears an ability-enhancing suit and pilots a psychically-linked ship. The character will serve as the audience’s introduction to the galactic world of Guardians of the Galaxy in Marvel’s space-set film. Drax the Destroyer is”a human resurrected as a green warrior with the sole purpose of killing Thanos,”
Deadline describes Guardians of the Galaxy like this: Guardians Of The Galaxy first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1969 but didn’t get its own series until the 1990s. Star-Lord (real name Peter Quill) leads a group of alien superheros who team to protect the solar system from an evil alien race. The good guys are from the future, and another dimension. In the comics, the Guardians worked with The Avengers, so there should be opportunities to use Marvel’s big franchises to help launch the new one.