by Ryan Rigley
Despite the rumors of Vin Diesel portraying the heroic synthezoid known as the Vision in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," it would appear as though the "Fast & Furious" actor may be up for a different Marvel role entirely. Earlier this week, Diesel changed the cover photo on his personal Facebook page to that of Groot from "Guardians of the Galaxy."
Since then, fans have been speculating as to whether or not the one time "Iron Giant" could be providing his vocal talents for the Guardians' titular talking tree. After all, it's entirely possible that Diesel had assumed Disney would be officially announcing the role at the D23 Expo this past weekend. Be that as it may, there is still one very important Guardian that has yet to be cast: Rocket Raccoon. Who could play the lovable yet deadly creature? Here are five picks!
That last name sound familiar? Well, it should! Sean Gunn is actually the brother of "Guardians of the Galaxy" director, James Gunn. Arguably most famous for his role on "Gilmore Girls," Sean Gunn has also played minor roles in each one of his brother James Gunn's films, like "Slither" and "Super." James has also gone on record stating that his brother will be in "Guardians," he just hasn't told us who his brother will be playing yet.
The English born action star made famous by films such as "Crank" and "The Transporter," Jason Statham looks and sounds like a tough guy should. Brian Michael Bendis, writer of the current "Guardians of the Galaxy" ongoing comic series, has previously stated that when he writes for Rocket, he pictures Statham's voice in his head. That being said, how perfect would it be if he were to be cast in the film as well?
Another rugged man with a rugged voice, Nick Nolte is certainly no stranger to voice acting. In fact, he's already played several talking animals, including the likes of Butch the dog (from "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore"), Vincent the bear (from "Over the Hedge") and Bernie the gorilla (from "Zookeeper"). Here's hoping Mr. Nolte is willing to add another talking animal role to his resume.
Born in Paisley, Gerard Butler has a thick Scottish accent perfect for Rocket Raccoon's gruff nature. Besides the accent, Butler has both experience working on a comic book movie ("300") and voice acting ("How to Train Your Dragon," "Tales of the Black Freighter"). There's absolutely no denying that Butler's voice would be perfect for that of Rocket Raccoon.
Look. We can dream, can't we? Just because Sir Sean Connery hasn't been in a movie since 2003's "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" doesn't mean that he can't lend his vocal talents to "Guardians of the Galaxy." After all, Connery has done some voice work recently on an animated film called "Sir Billi." If he's willing to lend his voice to an animated Scotsman, why wouldn't he be willing to play an animated trash-talking space raccoon?
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