James Gunn Hangs Out With A Live Raccoon On The Set Of Guardians Of The Galaxy

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-06-06 17:52:55discussion comments
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Production on James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy is going to start rolling any day now, but there are some key missing members of the cast that we can't help but notice. One key role that has yet to find an actor is that of Rocket Raccoon. While the character itself will rendered through CGI - they aren't going to try to get away with a human in a costume - we still don't know who will be providing the voice.We have no idea when that information is going to be released, but for now Gunn is getting some help on-set for the character...albeit not from a human.

The writer/director posted the above image to his WhoSay account earlier today along with the caption, "I've just hired a new gaffer for the shoot. Chewing on wires is good, right?" While it isn't explicit, one can assume that the raccoon is being used as a reference for the visual effects team as they try to nail down a final look for the character and the way that he moves. Considering that Rocket is known for standing on his back legs and using giant guns to take out enemies, I'm not sure how much good the live example is going to provide.

We have already seen three concept art designs for Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, but it doesn't seem like they've completely nailed it down yet. As you can see below, the first one, which was released during San Diego Comic Con last year, is much more cartoonish than the second and third, which came out a few months ago and are much more lifelike. Check them out.

Rocket Raccoon sdcc concept art

Rocket Raccoon

Guardians Group

The film will be in theaters on August 1, 2014.
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