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'Walking Dead' star Michael Rooker eyes 'Guardians of the Galaxy' role

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Walking Dead star Michael Rooker has expressed interest in starring in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Rooker admitted that he would relish the opportunity to reunite with his Slither director James Gunn, and encouraged fans to campaign for him to be cast in the role of Rocket Racoon.

Michael Rooker

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Guardians of the Galaxy

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"I know that James Gunn is doing it. He is directing it, and he is re-writing it. He is a very loyal director. He is a very loyal writer, when it comes to working with people that he knows and loves," Movieweb quotes Rooker as saying.

"He really appreciates the efforts that each actor puts into these roles. And I would be very honoured and pleased to work with James Gunn again... Whether it will happen or not, I don't know. But he is a dynamite guy, and we have remained friends ever since we worked together on Slither."

Rooker, whose Walking Dead character Merle Dixon will return in series three of the show, went on to tell Marvel fans to back him for a Guardians of the Galaxy role via Twitter.

"I haven't done much research on it at all yet. Because I don't know what is going to happen. I'm really crazy busy with The Walking Dead right now.

"But you know what? Write this up. Tweet the [frick] out of it. If the fans want me as Rocket Raccoon, Marvel will listen to you guys, I think, sometimes... Perhaps I will be lucky and blessed enough to go in there, and go at it with Mr. Gunn again, who knows?"

Guardians of the Galaxy is released in cinemas on August 1, 2014.

Watch a clip from The Avengers featuring confirmed Guardians of the Galaxy villain Thanos:

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