Walking Dead star Michael Rooker clearly made an impression on director James Gunn when he played blue skinned Yondu (among other works), in the awesome Guardians of the Galaxy, because Rooker has now been cast in Gunn’s new horror feature The Belko Experiment (note its now spelt with a K and not a C)
“We’ve done three movies, two reality shows, a video game and a Web series together, been on a bromantic trip to Paris with just the two of us, and spent many nights as the last two maniacs at a party, so did you ever think there was any possibility that my pal Michael Rooker would not be cast in our horror/action/thriller ‘The Belko Experiment,’ especially when it’s been comprised of such overwhelming talent? Of course not.”
Rooker will play Bud Melks, the head of maintenance in the Belko building.
“He’s not a racist thug like Merle in ‘The Walking Dead,’ and he doesn’t have a flying arrow like Yondu in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ — in fact, he’s a pretty nice guy — so he’s ill-equipped to deal with the mysterious forces who start making all of the employees in Belko start killing each other, unless they want to be killed themselves,” Gunn said.
He has also revealed castings this week of “Scrubs” alum John C. McGinley, “Fruitvale Station’s” Melonie Diaz, “The Newsroom” star John Gallagher Jr. and “Scandal” president Tony Goldwyn.
Gunn revealed earlier this year the following details on his new horror project:
“I’m incredibly excited to announce that we’re commencing production on a new film, The Belko Experiment, from my own script. The story revolves around the American Belco company in South America which is mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a work day, and its employees are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every Belco employee.
The film will be directed by Greg McLean, who directed the Wolf Creek films, and it will be produced by myself, and Peter Safran, who produced Annabelle and The Conjuring. MGM will be financing. We’re in pre-production now and will be shooting in Bogota, Colombia in early June of this year”