As the August 1st release date for James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy comes ever closer, we’re starting to see more and more of the actors involved discuss their roles and experiences on set. This time around we’ve got Michael Rooker and Zoe Saldana in the hot seat. (more…)
This week, the talk of the movie world is a dark one, Thor: The Dark World that is. But on the occasion of the release of this latest Marvel Studios film, some look even further ahead to the release of another superhero flick, the space-bound Guardians of the Galaxy. The two franchises came together on the red carpet this week as Guardians director James Gunn talked about his film on his way to the premiere of Thor.
While celebrating the 100th episode of Parks & Recreation (You really should be watching that show, it’s incredibly funny), Chris Pratt answered a couple of questions about James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy, and his thoughts about the fabulously furious furry character Rocket Raccoon. (more…)
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Marvels upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy has officially announced the casting of it’s final, and most curious role. You know him, you love him, he’s the gun toting fury known as Rocket Raccoon. Confirming last week rumors, he’s to be played by none other than Bradley Cooper. A trigger happy raccoon with a Cockney accent is to be played by a mediocre westerner… yeah, that makes sense.
Cooper joins Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Vin Diesel and Gregg Henry in the sci-fi adventure featuring a comical company of galactic protectors.
I may have my doubts about an actor known for having 1 too many Hangovers, but I’ll give him a shot (see what I did there). Roles of prominence never go to the actors we think we want (in my case, I wanted David Tennent for this), but rather the ones we never knew we wanted. So, there’s room for surprise. With that said, I bet a lot of women will be disappointed that he won’t be physically in the movie.
In other Guardians of the Galaxy news, actor Chris Pratt and marvel talking head Kevin Feige, said a whole lot about the upcoming spectacular.
In an interview with IGN Pratt discussed what his experience has been like shooting the film,
It’s been really great. It’s hard to even put into words, especially for someone like me who has the vocabulary of a sixth-grader. It’s been a real trip. There’s a lot of super talented people working on it – artists. That’s what I always loved about comic books as a kid, the drawings. I didn’t ever read them that much. I wasn’t too big into the stories, but I loved the artwork and the covers. I’d like to draw a lot as a kid myself. So to see that, as they did making these comic books, they’ve hired the best artists in the world to do the concept artwork and to design these worlds. It’s so imaginative and so unreal. We’re working really hard and I’m in a bit of a daze, but I just can’t wait for people to see what we’re doing out there. I think that footage they showed at Comic-Con is very accurate to the movie that we’re making. I thought that footage was pretty badass.
He goes on to talk about the tone of the film saying,
Yeah, I think tone is the major thing we have to accomplish, a consistent tone, going from silly and comedic to high-stakes drama and action, and everything in between. It’s really up to James, and I trust everything that he’s doing. I think we’re getting good stuff. I don’t know what to say about it other than it might be…Oh! It’s the greatest movie of the 21st century! That’s what I’ll say. It’ll be the Citizen Kane of movies other than Citizen Kane.
In a separate interview with Empire Kevin Feige fielded a whole lot of questions about the film as well. Here’s the best of them:
On the if the film will take place at the same time as the other Phase Two movies:
“The general answer is yes. It’s not exactly revealed what year or month it is in relation to the other Phase Two films. But yes, it’s the same time.”
On if it’s more of a stand-alone film:
“Certainly more than the others. We’ve already said that Thanos plays a part in it and is a character in it. That in and of itself should tell you it’s connected to the other worlds.”
On the main villain:
“Ronan The Accuser (Lee Pace) is very much the main bad guy. And Thanos is lurking above it all. You will learn more about Thanos in Guardians, for sure. Certainly you’ll get more than the one turn-around-and-smirk. You’ll get much more than that.”
He also gave brief breakdown of each of the characters in the Guardians team.
“They are an unlikely band. It’s pure circumstance that brings them all together throughout the course of the movie.
- “Rocket [Raccoon] has been genetically and mechanically altered, he’s an experiment from one part of the galaxy.
- “Groot is a species that happens to look like trees look, and is quite communicative if you can understand the different inflections in the way he says, ‘I am Groot.’
- “Peter Quill left Earth in the mid-’80s, but when we meet back up with him he’s very much a citizen of the Universe.
- “Drax (Dave Bautista) has one goal and one goal only, which is to kill Ronan because of a past tragedy.
- “When we meet Gamora (Zoe Saldana), she’s a bad guy working with Ronan and Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Korath (Djimon Hounsou), and by extension for Thanos. Gamora doesn’t necessarily like doing that anymore, and tries to find a new path for herself. But she has such a reputation as the deadliest woman in the galaxy that people aren’t greeting her with open arms.”
Coming out of San Diego Comic Con there’s a lot of excitement about Guardians of the Galaxy, but also some questions: how does Guardians fit into the established Marvel Cinematic Universe? When does it take place? What kind of crossover potential is there? And what about Thanos? Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige recently did a little Q&A with Empire Magazine (via /Film), talking about some of those details, as well as revealing just who the main bad guy in Guardians is going to be anyway.
Question #1: Does Guardians take place at the same time as the other Phase 2 films from Marvel?
The general answer is yes. It’s not exactly revealed what year or month it is in relation to the other Phase Two films. But yes, it’s the same time.
Question #2: How connected is Guardians to the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Certainly more than the others. We’ve already said that Thanos plays a part in it and is a character in it. That in and of itself should tell you it’s connected to the other worlds.
Question #3: Speaking of Thanos, is he the main bad guy or not?
Ronan The Accuser is very much the main bad guy. And Thanos is lurking above it all. You will learn more about Thanos in Guardians, for sure. Certainly you’ll get more than the one turn around and smirk. You’ll get much more than that!
So Lee Pace will be badder than Benecio del Toro? Interesting. And speaking of bad guys, Superhero Hype (via Comic Book Movie) got several compelling set photos of Michael Rooker in his Yondu gear in a farm field in Surrey. You’ll also notice he’s kind of surrounded by aliens in black suits with big guns. What has Yondu got himself into to? I guess we’ll know for certain on August 1, 2014. In the meantime, take a look at the set photos in the gallery below:
Despite the shaky bootleg postings of the D23 footage of James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy that started popping up across the Internet, Gunn has come out and publicly said that the footage shown at those two events will never be officially released to the Internet. Why?
Zero percent chance, sorry! I know a lot of you have seen the shaky camera footage, but it was made after 12 days if shooting and isn’t a true reflection of the awesomeness we’re trying to create for you.
So Gunn doesn’t feel it reflects the work he’s done since that first twelve days. For frak’s sake James, we all know that, but to hold out on those unable to get to D23 or SDCC 2013 is not cool. Just that little tidbit we got was awesome, why cut the rest of us out of the loop?
If the cat is out of the bag anyways why not feed it, pet it, and love it to death? It always worked for Bugs Bunny Yeti monsters. If anything, that footage would spark more interest for your release of the first official trailer. Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t hit theater screens until August 1st, 2014 so there’s still months until we get that trailer.
Here’s a copy of that shaky bootleg that has managed to slip by the Disney lawyers. What do you think about Gunn’s move on not releasing the footage?
In an interview with Collider, Djimon Hounsou, who will be playing Korath in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, covered a few interesting topics; among them, a follow up on his ”lack of diversity” comments that he made at Comic Con, and what a day on the set of Guardians is like.
Regarding the similarity in race and sex among the main superheroes in our films nowadays, Hounsou explained:
The lack of diversity, specifically in genre films and the superheroes our kids grow up watching and emulating, they can’t really identify with. When you see the same thing, over and over again, and it seems not to speak of you and your heritage and your culture, it leaves you out of this world, a little bit. It gives a certain social distance with your world. So, it was very shocking when my son said that. It shocked me, but at the same time, it was not a surprise. It’s one of those things that even I have been looking for. I’m looking for a hero of my kind, and I’m looking for a shero of my kind. Now, we have Zoe Saldana, who is a shero for minorities, and that’s nice.
This is something that I think a lot of people can agree with, but at the same time, I think that it’s something that is on its way to changing, and changing fast. With Joss Whedon claiming that there will be quite a bit more focus on Black Widow in The Avenger: Age of Ultron, and Zoe Saldana stepping up as Gamora, as well as being one of the first African Americans to be prominently featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we can already see this diversification being set into motion. Honestly, it’s refreshing. Also, am I the only person who’s never heard the term “shero”?
I’m not sure about everyone else, but I’m most interested in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie because I can’t wait to see what director James Gunn can do with a story that is so odd to begin with. According to Hounsou, I won’t be disappointed:
The announcement that Vin Diesel would be giving voice to the living tree Groot in Marvel Studios‘ upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy was greeted with both excitement and concern, which probably means that the casting will be pretty much on the nose (if Groot has a nose).
Anyway, in the follow-up to the announcement, Diesel talked to the Los Angeles Times about taking on the part of personified shrubbery, including why he’d want to take on a part that merely featured his distinctive voice:
I’m an actor. I can do whatever the … I want. As an actor, not everything has to be the most obvious choice. And sometimes, the best thing you can do — as far as Steven Spielberg and his advice — is to defy expectations. So if everybody thinks you’re going to go for this one thing and you flip it entirely and go for the strangest Marvel character, it’s interesting. And when something is interesting, it’s inspiring.
According to Diesel, there were also other practical concerns in signing up to take a part in a Marvel movie, but the actor says the chance to play in the Marvel Universe was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up:
That’s the thing — I’m so busy. The audience wanted Vin and Marvel, Vin and Marvel. But I’m too busy to do a six-month role. So what Marvel came up with was really interesting. … I am watching a social wave influence and in some ways guide their thinking.
We’ll see if the “social wave” will bring us something good in terms of how Guardians of the Galaxy turns out when it comes out next summer on August 1, 2014. In the meantime, we all eagerly await the word on who will voice Rocket Raccoon.
More news as it develops.
Just in time to save us all from a slow news day comes the Guardians of the Galaxy videos screened at SDCC 2013 and last weekend’s D23. Holy crap this looks good! The first video shows us some of the great effects and action while the second brings us the humorous side of the comics that we’d all hoped would translate to the big screen. Take a look at the videos and meet me on the other side to discuss what you think about James Gunn‘s latest directorial work.