James Gunn Talks 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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With "Captain America: The Winter Solider" going into production, there's only two more Marvel Phase Two films left to go: "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Avengers 2." Joss Whedon recently stated that the latter could go into production next February, while James Gunn has confirmed that his wacky, space-bound flick will start shooting soon.

In an interview with HeyUGuys, Gunn revealed that the film will go into production by the end of June before commenting on the nature of the film. The director was quick to note that his approach will result in a film that's "very, very different from 'Star Wars,'" and he went on to also comment on some of the recently released concept art.

Some of those concepts were done before his "tutelage," such as the ones featuring Rocket Raccoon, who has since undergone a makeover. "He doesn't look so much like that anymore, but there's a lot of similarities in that he's more of a grounded, real little creature as opposed to a cartoonish thing," Gunn said.

As part of his preparation for the film, Gunn has also become a bona fide raccoon expert, as he's been studying their behavior in an effort to get Rocket Raccoon right. According to Gunn, doing so will be important since the character is "the heart of the movie" and won't be some "cartoon character."

Don't expect "Bugs Bunny in the middle of the Avengers," Gunn cautions. Instead, Rocket Raccoon will be a real, little, somewhat mangled beast that's alone" since "there's no one else in the universe quite like him."

Gunn also shared his enthusiasm for the casting of Chris Pratt in the role of Star-Lord. While he and his crew "saw a lot of very famous guys" audition for it, Pratt was the first to truly blow the director away. In fact, Pratt was the first candidate that he could immediately "see sharing the screen with Robert Downey, Jr. and giving him a run for his money."

That's high praise indeed, and audiences will see if Pratt lives up to the hype when the film bows in theaters next August.

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