When I think badass, three things come to mind – Honey Badger, Chuck Norris and Merle Dixon. Michael Rooker who plays the character Merle, is a long time collaborator and friend of James Gunn, who is directing Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel. So it’s not a great surprise that Gunn would bring his old pal back for the intergalactic battle.
Deadline got the scoop that Guardians of the Galaxy casts Michael Rooker in the role of Yondu. Now, I’m not familiar with the actual comic book of Guardians, however, fellow Renegade was kind enough to share details with me of the character Yondu. Here is what Shawn had to say:
Up until now, it seemed that the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie would deal with the most recent incarnation of the team, including Star-Lord, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora and Groot. This team originally formed in 2008 and their comic book just rebooted in 2013.
However, the Guardians of the Galaxy as a team dates back to 1969. In that team, Vance Astro went to Centauri IV on a reconnaissance mission and found the planet decimated. However, there was a tribe still living there and Yondu was a part of that tribe.
When the evil Badoon arrived and slaughtered the tribe, Astro took Yondu and tried to escape. The Badoon captured them, but they joined forces with Charlie-27 and Martinex and became The Guardians of the Galaxy, battling to save the galaxy from evil beings like the Badoons.
All that is known right now is that Michael Rooker has been cast as Yondu in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and there is no word on how director James Gunn plans to unite the two storylines.
I was actually banging the drum for Rooker to tackle the character Rocket Raccoon. I thought the gruff of his voice would have been hilarious for the part. I have great faith that James Gunn has a specific vision in mind and if he sees Rooker as a space native, then so be it. Guardians of the Galaxy will explode into cinemas August 1st, 2014!
What do think about Michael Rooker joining Guardians of the Galaxy?