They’re not the usual suspects when it comes to your conventional superhero movie, but Marvel has unveiled its Guardians of the Galaxy lineup. Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt are recognizable enough as Gamora and Peter Quill. In the middle is Bradley Cooper – or at least a raccoon named Rocket voiced by the American Hustle star. Wrestler Dave Bautista is the guy who resembles Vin Diesel, aka Drax the Destroyer, while the real Vin Diesel plays Groot, the tree-like fella on the right.
Disney also released a synopsis to help get audiences up to speed long before the movie opens on Aug. 1.
“An action-packed epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits – Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.”
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, and Glenn Close. Del Toro’s odd character, The Collector, you might recall, was introduced at the end of Thor: The Dark World.