It looks like Marvel has found their Rocket Raccoon for Guardians of the Galaxy! This is one of my favorite characters in the comics, and he's going to be a scene stealer in the film, so I've been excitedly waiting to see who Marvel and director James Gunn wanted in the role.
According to our friends at Latino-Review, Marvel has offered Bradley Cooper the part, so it's his for the talking if he wants it. It was previously rumored that Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey were up for the part, but in all honesty I think Cooper is a great choice to voice this feisty, gun-blasting rodent of violence and destruction. I assume that this is the "dream guy" that Gunn talked about in a previous interview.
Gunn previously described the character as being the heart of the film. He also described his vision for him saying,
It’s about creating a character that’s a little animal that’s taken and experimented on, pulled apart and put back together again and implanted with cybernetics. He’s half machine and half raccoon and he’s a little gnarled, miserable pretty angry creature because there’s nothing else like him and that’s not easy to be.
Cooper may be a busy guy these days, but it should be easy enough for him to squeeze in a few days of voice work for the film. I hope Cooper takes it, but what do you think about the casting decision?
If Cooper does take the part, he’ll join Chris Pratt as Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Groot, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Ophelia Lovibond, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, and Benicio Del Toro.