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Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker Wants to Play Rocket Raccoon

Although Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy won’t go in front of the camera for a while yet, The Walking Dead actor Michael Rooker is making an early pitch to play a certain furry pint-sized tactician.

“I love raccoons,” the actor tells MovieWeb with a knowing laugh. “Raccoons are my friends!”

Rooker as the gravelly voice of the gun-toting Rocket Raccoon: He worked with director James Gunn on the 2006 horror-comedy Slither and again on the 2010 superhero comedy Super. “He is a very loyal director. He is a very loyal writer, when it comes to working with people that he knows and loves,” the actor says. “He really appreciates the efforts that each actor puts into these roles.”

And if the studio would require someone to don a form-fitting motion-capture suit for the role, Mark Ruffalo-style, Rooker has experience from his work on the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Clearly, Marvel needs look no further for Rocket Raccoon.

The actor concedes that his return to The Walking Dead this season as racist meth addict Merle Dixon leaves him little time for other projects, but he makes it clear he’d find room on his schedule for Guardians of the Galaxy.

“I’m really crazy busy with The Walking Dead right now. But you know what? Write this up. Tweet the fuck out of it,” Rooker says. “If the fans want me as Rocket Raccoon, Marvel will listen to you guys, I think, sometimes. … Perhaps I will be lucky and blessed enough to go in there, and go at it with Mr. Gunn again, who knows?”

Officially announced in July at Comic-Con International, Guardians of the Galaxy is reportedly “about a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.” Although the Guardians have boasted a large and changing roster over the past four decades, the concept art Marvel debuted at Comic-Con features Rocket Raccoon; Drax the Destroyer, the human resurrected in the body of an alien to combat Thanos; Groot, the extraterrestrial tree monster; Star-Lord, the interplanetary police officer; and Gamora, the most dangerous woman in the universe.

Part of Marvel’s second wave of films, Guardians of the Galaxy is set to open Aug. 1, 2014.


  • Xaos

     There is nothing about this that does not delight me

  • legionquest

    Greg Ellis’ cockney raccoon from Avengers:EMH and MvC3 just sounds right to me, so I’m afraid I cant support this


    This would be perfect! The cockney accent was just shoe horned in with MvC3 but never felt right to me. I think Rooker would be great and would work great with the directors vision.

  • Tyler

    Rooker for the Win.  This guys Voice would be perfect if you ask me.  Make it happen Marvel

  • Dekko

    “Rooker Raccoon?”  Sounds good!

  • That Guy

    I’ve actually been assuming that Nathan Fillion would wind up as Rocket Raccoon, given his own relationship with Gunn, his own geek cred, and the fact that you can’t seem to have a Marvel casting discussion without his name coming up.  Plus, he’s on record as saying he’s cold to the idea of playing Ant-Man, so that “obvious” road is probably out.

    That said…this is an interesting idea.

  • Mark_whittington0608

    The cockney accent made no sense as A) we don’t have racoons on the UK and B) it’s was said to be done as a reference to the Beatles song Rocky Racoon, but the Beatles were Liverpudlian.

  • Adam Walker

    nah. I’m sure Andy Serkis will end up being Raccoon.

    Wanna bet?

  • That Other Guy

     Fillion would make a better Starlord

  • Brawl2099

    This is totally perfect.  Please make this happen!

  • Richard Casey

    I get where you’re coming from, but talking, bipedal, gun totting racoons also don’t exist, ao the accent thing is a weird line to tow. But rooker? Cant really hear it, I’d much rather hear an actual voice actor crafting a voice to fit the character. Just PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE don’t give the mo cap job to Serkis. He’s great and all, but come on, he’s not right for everyone’s favourite anthropomorphized mercenary racoon with a tree for a best friend.

  • DeadCaL

     Only one man is awesome enough to play Rocket Raccoon. Jason Statham.

  • Lead_sharp

    Yep :)