Bradley Cooper Rumored to be the Voice of Rocket Raccoon in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

By August 21, 2013

Guardians Concept Art SDCC 13

After their killer appearance at Comic-Con 2013, Marvel has fans right where they want them moving into Phase 2 of their master plan. James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is perhaps the most anticipated Marvel movie in that phase (yes, even over Avengers: Age of Ultron) for the simple reason that this movie is going to be so drastically different from anything else we’ve seen from the fledgling studio. Most of the cast showed up in person to be on the panel, but there are still two big voice roles to fill for the CG members of the superhero team: Groot will likely be played by Vin Diesel, and now we have word that another big name could end up playing Rocket Raccoon.

The guys at Latino-Review, who have an excellent track record when it comes to Marvel scoops, have a big one for us today: they reveal that Marvel has offered the voice role of Rocket Raccoon to The Hangover star Bradley Cooper. The choice may seem a little weird considering there were early rumors the studio was seeking out guys like Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler for the part, but Cooper makes a good amount of sense when you think about how Marvel loves to go after in-demand actors.

Bradley Cooper

Cooper is coming off an Oscar nomination for his work in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, so it doesn’t get much hotter than that. (Unless they went after the Best Actor winner – can we talk about how AMAZING it would be if Daniel Day-Lewis was the voice of Rocket Raccoon? He’d go method for it and everything! I want to live in an alternate universe where that happens.)

I don’t know much about Guardians of the Galaxy – nobody does, unless you’re a hardcore comic reader, which is part of the reason making this movie is such a ballsy move for Marvel – but I’ve liked Bradley Cooper since back in his days on “Alias.” He seems like he has the right kind of attitude to fit into a James Gunn film, so I can totally see this happening. This is definitely a high-profile part because of the novelty of the character, so we’ll see if Cooper ends up signing on. Do you think he’d be a good fit? Sound off and let us know what you think below.

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