Casting confirmations for Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" includes Chris Pratt as 'Star-Lord', Zoe Saldana as 'Gamora', Dave Bautista as 'Drax the Destroyer', Michael Rooker as 'Yondu', John C. Reilly as 'Rhomman Dey' and Glenn Close as a 'Nova Corps' supervisor. Now there is confirmation of the roles to be played by Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, and Karen Gillan:
Del Toro will play 'The Collector'.
Pace will play 'Ronan the Accuser', member of the alien 'Kree race' and son of 'Thanos'.
Gillan will play space pirate 'Nebula', who also claims a blood connection to Thanos.
Inspired by the Beatles song "Rocky Raccoon", Marvel Comics 'Rocket Raccoon' is destined for stardom as one of the CG lead characters of director James Gunn's upcoming live-action Marvel Studios/Disney 3D feature "Guardians Of The Galaxy".
Created by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Keith Giffen, the character debuted in "Marvel Preview" #7 (1976), appearing as an intelligent, anthropomorphic raccoon, who is an expert marksman and master tactician, possessing normal attributes of an Earth raccoon, including speed, acute sense of smell, sight, hearing and touch.
In 1985, Rocket Raccoon received his own four-issue limited series, penciled by Mike Mignola and inked by Al Gordon/Al Milgrom.
Those back-issues currently command stiff prices that make the price of "The Walking Dead" back-issues look like chopped liver.
Rocket then appeared in a 1990 issue of "Quasar" (#15) and three issues of "She-Hulk" in 1992 (#44-46) as a prisoner on a 'Skrull' ship, before becoming a regular member of "Guardians Of The Galaxy" in 2008.