If you are going to miss Michael Rooker on The Walking Dead, fear not! Rooker will be returning to our geek collective in the form of Yondu. Wait? Who? Yondu is one of the original members of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Rooker will join the likes of Chris Pratt (who is playing Starr-Lord), Dave Bautista (playing Drax), and Zoe (playing Gamora) in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The casting of Groot (a giant tree-man), Rocket Raccoon, and the film’s villain, Thanos, have yet to be announced.
With the addition of Yondu to the cast of characters, does it open the door to any other original members of the Guardians of the Galaxy?
The Brief Synopsis: Guardians of the Galaxy centers on Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Pratt), a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone want.
Who is Yondu? According to Marvel.com: “Yondu Udonta was a game hunter of the primitive Zatoan tribe, which were humanoid beings who were native to Centauri IV. The first planet system to be colonized outside of the Sun's solar system; the colonization took place sometime during the 29th century. Due to their being intimidated by the Earth's superior technology, most Centaurian tribes established peaceful relationships with the settlers. Yondu's tribe, however, migrated from their ancestral forests to the less accessible plains, thus avoiding contact with the outworlders. 200 years after the Centaurians first contact with Earth, a ship bearing the astronaut Vance Astro arrived on Centauri IV, using an antiquated mode of star travel. Astro soon found out that Earth had beaten him to his destination centuries before, using advanced star-drive engines. Astro continued to engage in his reconnaissance mission of the planet, despite the fact that it was now obsolete”. Read his full biography here.
Guardians of the Galaxy arrives August 1, 2014.