12:31pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Marvel's Animated 'Guardians of The Galaxy' Adds 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Veteran
The team has been assembled, but that doesn’t mean that Marvel and Disney are done announcing voice talent for the upcoming Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy animated series. After all, what space opera doesn’t need a telepathic former cosmonaut dog, voiced by a Star Wars veteran? Yes, you read that right.
James Arnold Taylor will play two recurring roles on the animated spinoff from James Gunn’s successful summer blockbuster of last year, voicing both Yondu, the leader of the space mercenaries called the Smugglers (and Star-Lord’s surrogate father), played in the movie by Michael Rooker, and Cosmo, a character familiar only to the comic book crowd — though he did have a blink-and-you'll-miss-him cameo as part of the Collector's menagerie in the film.
Cosmo, in many ways, takes the Rocket Raccoon formula even further. It’s one thing to suggest that maybe an entire alien race just so happens to look like raccoons on Earth, but in comic book continuity, Cosmo is literally a dog sent into space as part of the Russian space program that gained telepathic powers as a result and is now a strategic genius and security chief on an alien space station. Suddenly, gun-toting space raccoons seem that little bit more normal, right?
Guardians will be the latest addition to an already packed résumé for Taylor, who is likely best known for voicing Obi-Wan Kenobi on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels series, as well as holding multiple roles on Batman: The Brave and The Bold, Johnny Test and Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of SMASH.
He’ll join the already announced lineup of Kevin Michael Richardson, Trevor Devall, David Sobolov, Will Friedle and Vanessa Marshall in the show, which will launch into orbit and onto screens later in 2015.