Michael Rooker Gets In on 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

[caption id="attachment_174342" align="alignleft" width="220"]Michael Rooker Getty Images[/caption]

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" didn't just appear out of nowhere, you know. Like any good superhero team, they had their founding fathers n' mothers, the ones who first banded together and said, "Hey, let's do something with our lives. Let's guard the galaxy!"

Michael Rooker will play one of those founding four in "Guardians of the Galaxy," the Marvel film that will serve as the final Phase Two adventure before the Avengers re-assemble for "The Avengers 2." According to Deadline, he's been cast in the role of Yondu.

No, Yondu isn't a "Star Wars" character. According to the Marvel Universe Wiki, Yondu Udonta was a game hunter of the primitive Zatoan tribe, humanoid beings who were native to Centauri IV (ah, of course). Yondu formed the Guardians along with astronaut Vance Astro of Earth, Charlie-27 of Jupiter and Martinex of Pluto.

Michael Rooker joins a cast that includes Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer.

Yeah, we don't know how in the hell they're going to pull off a movie of all this, either.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" marks the third collaboration between Rooker and director James Gunn, following the grotesquely brilliant "Slither" and the DIY superhero flick "Super." "Guardians of the Galaxy" is also the first movie they've worked on together that didn't have a single-word title beginning with the letter "S."

"Guardians of the Galaxy" will hit theaters on August 1, 2014, giving us a lot of mythlogy to take in before "The Avengers 2" hits theaters on May 1, 2015.