Michael Rooker Is Yondu in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’!

‘The Walking Dead’ star will play the Centauri IV native in director James Gunn’s Marvel Phase Two superhero ensemble.

Michael Rooker joins Guardians of the Galaxy as Yondu
Michael Rooker joins Guardians of the Galaxy as Yondu
The Walking Dead star Michael Rooker has signed on to star in Guardians of the Galaxy as Yondu. The actor hinted in our exclusive interview from October that he wanted to play Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Phase Two ensemble, a role which has still not been cast yet.

The character first appeared in a 1969 issue of the comic book Marvel Super-Heroes. He hails from the Zatoan tribe on Centauri IV, the first planet to be colonized outside of the Sun's solar system in the 29th Century. Yondu does not possess any super-human abilities, but he is a skilled hunter with a bow and arrow, and has a mystical "sixth sense" that gives him limited empathic abilities with other life forms. He was one of the founding members of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Michael Rooker joins Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer and Zoe Saldana as Gamora. James Gunn is directing from his own screenplay, based on the Marvel comic books. It isn't known when production will begin.

Director James Gunn and Michael Rooker previously worked together on Super and Slither.

Guardians of the Galaxy was released August 1st, 2014 and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan. The film is directed by James Gunn.

Sources: Deadline

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  1. WhiskeyDeltaEcho

    Just a heads up.... Ray Winstone will be the voice of rocket raccoon!

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  2. TheSymbiote

    I wasn't expecting that character at all, awesome though!

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  3. skywise

    Rooker was bound to turn up in this.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  4. Cheetoboy

    Now I just want to see who will be casted as Rocket Raccoon.

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  5. TheObserver


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  6. Kill-Bill

    Very interesting, one of the old Guardians...

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  7. Ghostman

    Hell yeah!

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  8. Sean


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  9. Brizzy


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