As production gets closer and closer on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, there are still two remaining roles to cast — Rocket Raccoon and Groot — for the cosmic superhero flick. Now a very popular geek icon’s name is the latest to be rumored for the role of Rocket Raccoon — former Doctor Who lead David Tennant!
According to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Facebook fan-site, David Tennant has been “tapped” to voice the character of Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy for director James Gunn. So far this just a rumor, but the word is that Tennant is at the top of the list to play the role. At one point, both Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler were rumored for the role.
Tennant is best known for playing The Doctor, appearing as the 10th incarnation of the character from 2005 to 2010. He’s also returning to the iconic role for the upcoming 50th anniversary special in 2013. He later appeared in the movie remake of Fright Night in 2011, and recently did some voice work for Lucasfilm for the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series.
Rocket Raccoon is the “muscle” of the Guardians of the Galaxy team. He has a keen sense of smell, sight, and hearing, much like an Earth raccoon, but he’s also an expert marksman, master tactician, and an accomplished starship pilot. He also has an affinity for heavy artillery and weaponry.
Recently, Zoe Saldana was confirmed to play Gamora, the deadliest woman in the galaxy, and Thanos’ adopted daughter. If the rumors play out, David Tennant would join Saldana, Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), and Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer) in Guardians. The role of Groot, a treelike alien, also remains to be cast, but considering that Guardians of the Galaxy is slated to start production this June, expect to see that role filled soon.
Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters everywhere on August 1, 2014, in 3D.