Also, Vin Diesel plays a talking tree

By Alex Heigl
Updated February 19, 2014 12:00 PM
Credit: Courtesy Marvel

Marvel’s newest comic-book adaptation features Bradley Cooper playing a space raccoon and Vin Diesel voicing a tree. We’re sold.

The film, which is currently slated to premiere on Aug. 1, stars Chris Pratt (and Pratt’s Zero Dark Thirty abs), Zoe Saldana, and Cooper and Diesel playing the aforementioned Rocket Raccoon and Groot, respectively. The trailer briefly outlines the backstories of the group, which also includes pro wrestler Michael Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. It doesn’t give any indication of the film’s villain, but there seem to be plenty of space chases and action sequences, which is really all we can ask for.

Judging from the trailer (which leans heavily on Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling”), the film looks considerably more lighthearted than some of Marvel’s other upcoming releases. (There’s no glowering Jamie Foxx playing a blue super-villain, for example.) And Pratt seems to draw on his Parks and Recreation-honed comic chops, so there should be some laughs.

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