Who Should Voice Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy?

Ever since Marvel Studios confirmed that they were making a Guardians of the Galaxy movie for a summer 2014 release, fans have naturally been speculating who should play the characters on the big screen. But no member of the sci-fi team’s been more talked about than Rocket Raccoon, the Guardians’ walking, talking and ass-kicking alien animal.

The character’s been brought to life recently in both an episode of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! animated series as well as in the video game Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (voiced in both versions of British actor Greg Ellis). While it’s certainly possible that Ellis could also be hired to voice Rocket Raccoon for the live-action feature film, it’s probably more likely that Marvel will hire a more recognizable actor to voice the role.

Will the movie retain the recent Cockney-accented version of Rocket Raccoon or will he talk like an American tough guy instead? We’ve assembled a list of candidates we think would be good for the role. Have a listen to their voice samples below and then cast your vote in our poll!

Ray Winstone

This stocky, razor-voiced character actor is known to you for his roles in The Departed, Sexy Beast, Beowulf, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Proposition, and Hugo.

Jason Statham

Just imagine Rocket Raccoon kicking ass as he speaks with the voice of the star of The Transporter and The Expendables.

Bob Hoskins

This is certainly a long shot seeing as how Hoskins recently retired from acting due to ill health, but if Marvel could lure him back for just a voice-over role that would be great. Hoskins was one of the screen’s first and foremost Cockney blokes to breakthrough in leading roles.

Tom Hardy

Before you go off on a Bane-sized rant about this idea, may we remind you that Hardy’s raspy British accent is one of his most distinguishing characteristics? We imagine his Rocket Raccoon sounding less like Bane and more like Bronson:

Ian McShane

Imagine … just imagine … Rocket Raccoon voiced by Al Swearengen. Check out this more work-safe sample of McShane’s pipes

Robert De Niro

De Niro’s been lampooning his tough guy image for awhile now, and is no stranger to genre fare (Rocky & Bullwinkle, Stardust) or voiceover work (Shark Tale), so why not let him go from Raging Bull to Rocket Raccoon?

James Gandolfini

Tony Soprano … in space. You’re welcome.

Ron Perlman

Who the hell doesn’t love Ron Perlman? This baritone-voiced badass from Hellboy and Sons of Anarchy would be a great pick to voice Rocket.

Willem Dafoe

This Spider-Man and John Carter actor’s gravelly voice is one of his trademarks, and he could bring a real personality to Rocket Raccoon.

Vin Diesel

He’s the voice of The Iron Giant. He’s Riddick. He’s fast and furious, just like Rocket Raccoon. So why not?

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