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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Finally Has a Yondu

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Knowing that you won't really know how apt anyone is to play "Yondu" anyway, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has reportedly decided to just bring in his old buddy Michael Rooker for the part. Rooker's involvement has basically been a foregone conclusion from the start, given that his angry-looking face has shown up in pretty much everything Gunn has done--from his features Slither and Super, to his Lollipop Chainsaw video game, to his pilot for Humanzee!. Yondu's inclusion, however, is a little more unexpected: while the rest of the film's casting has been drawing from the 2008 iteration of the Guardians team, Yondu hails from the original 1969 version. And why complicate things more than they already are with a tree-man and space raccoon showing up?

Anyway, in the comics, Yondu was one of the Guardians of the Galaxy's founding members, a hunter from a primitive tribe in Centauri IV. It's not yet certain how he'll now fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Probably just as someone for Hawkeye to talk to about arrow brands.

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