Everyone’s favorite trigger-happy, joke-spewing anthropomorphic raccoon finally has a voice. And it’s none other than everyone’s favorite Hangover-star-turned-Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper.
After much speculation, Marvel Studios officially announced that the Silver Linings Playbook actor will voice the rambunctious raccoon in James Gunn’s 2014 adaptation of the Marvel comic series Guardians of the Galaxy.
Reports of Cooper’s possible involvement were originally put forth back in late August by the website Latino Review.
Partially inspired by The Beatles’ song “Rocky Raccoon,” Rocket was created back in 1976 by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Keith Giffen as part of a Marvel Preview back-up feature. From there, he made subsequent sporadic appearances across the Marvel comics universe over the years, including stints in The Incredible Hulk and She-Hulk as well as his own limited run series in 1985. From 2008 to 2010, he appeared as prominent member of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s celebrated relaunch of Guardians of the Galaxy. After an attack by a crazed killer clown tree (comics, people) briefly led to him defecting from the Guardians, Rocket returned to the team as part of Brian Michael Bendis and Steven McNiven’s ongoing 2012 Marvel NOW! reboot.
Cooper joins an already impressive roster that includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Karen Gillan and Vin Diesel as the voice of anthropomorphic tree Groot (once again—comics, people).
Guardians of the Galaxy is currently set for release on Aug. 1, 2014.