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Michael Rooker joins GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as Yondu.

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Michael Rooker has joined the cast of Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. Rooker has a close working relationship with Guardians writer/director James Gunn, having appeared in Gunn’s previous films Slither and Super.  Per Deadline, Rooker will be playing the character Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy.  In the comics, Yondu was a founding member of the Guardians and belongs to the Zatoan tribe, a group of primitive beings native to Centauri IV.  He possesses no superhuman physical powers, but he’s a hunter and a natural mystic, with the ability to develop empathetic relationships with other lifeforms.

Yondu_3When Marvel first announced a Guardians of the Galaxy film, it was revealed that the Guardians characters would include Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot the anthropomorphic tree.  The addition of Yondu is suprising and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of story Gunn is cooking up here.  The only roles left to fill (that we know of) are Rocket Raccoon and Groot, as Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and David Bautista are already set to play Star-Lord, Gamora, and Drax, respectively.  There’s also the matter of the film’s villain(s), which will likely include Thanos and reportedly The Controller.

Guardians of the Galaxy begins production this summer in London in anticipation of an August 1, 2014 release date.

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