Okay. The fact that Michael Rooker is going to be part of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ isn't exactly news, but he isn't going to be playing the part he (or we) expected him to…and that’s what this post is all about!
Instead of showing up in the film as Rocket Racoon (the part he was gunning for), Rooker will appear as Yondu, the bow hunter. Yondu is a game hunter from the Zatoan tribe of Centauri IV. Yondu is one of the founding members of the Guardians of the Galaxy from the original comic series of the late 60’s. His weapon of choice is, of course, the iconic 5-foot bow.
Whether or not the film will stick with the original Guardians plot is unknown. But, Michael Rooker is not exactly new to acting, and he seems like a decent fit for this role. In case you're not familiar with Rooker, he plays Merle Dixon on the hit show 'The Walking Dead.' He also happens to have a past with 'Guardians' screenwriter James Gunn.
Gunn and Rooker worked together on 'Slither' and 'Super', and Gunn seems to have campaigned to get Rooker in on the Guardians action too. Rooker will be joining the likes of Dave Batista (former WWE star) and Chris Pratt ('Moneyball') in the film that's set to be released on August 1, 2014.
As always, we'll keep you posted on any developments!