Michael Rooker Joins Guardians of the Galaxy

Deadline is reporting that The Walking Dead star Michael Rooker has joined Guardians of the Galaxy. Rooker will play the role of Yondu, who was a founding member of the original Guardians of the Galaxy in the source material. Rooker’s casting comes as no surprise as he has worked with director James Gunn on both his previous films, Slither and Super.

Other cast members confirmed for the film are “Parks and Recreation” actor Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. Zoe Saldana is in talks to join as Gamora. Guardians of the Galaxy‘s roster is also said to include Groot and Rocket Raccoon. The film is currently in pre-production in the UK, with Gunn at the helm, and is targeting an August 1, 2014 release.
 
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