‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trailer: More Groot, Rocket and the misfit gang

May 19, 2014 | 5:06 p.m.
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Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), left, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Marvel)

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Gamora (Zoe Saldana), left, Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). (Marvel)

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Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) in a scene from "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Jay Maidment / Marvel)

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Gamora (Zoe Saldana), left, Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). (Marvel)

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Actor Chris Pratt photographed at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills hotel in March. Pratt plays a charming trouble-maker in Marvel's new space action comedy "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times).

The new trailer for “Guardians of the Galaxy” arrived Monday during a Facebook Q&A with cast members Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Karen Gillan, as well as writer-director James Gunn — and it’s something to behold.

The cosmic adventure, due to open in theaters Aug. 1, follows roguish antihero Peter Quill (played by a pumped-up Pratt) on the run from a villain known as Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) after he comes into possession of a mysterious orb. Before long, Quill is allied with a rogues’ gallery that includes a gun-toting creature named Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper; Zoe Saldana’s green alien assassin Gamora; Bautista’s vengeful Drax the Destroyer; and the tree-like humanoid Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel.

Check out the trailer below.

The wacky band of misfits is fleshed out more, including Diesel’s talking tree. Audiences finally get a taste of the flexing root’s iconic line, “I am Groot,” delivered in a gravelly voice. We also meet Cooper’s Rocket, who’s ready to do battle — with a weapon nearly as big as his body (not to mention his fearsome fangs). Meanwhile, Quill tries to summon his reputation as Star-Lord, the legendary outlaw, but it doesn’t get him too far. The trailer, the second to be released from Marvel, is a fine snapshot of the film’s wry humor (view the first trailer here).

The Guardians first appeared in “Marvel Super-Heroes” No. 18 in 1969, and in the early 1990s, the team headlined its own comic series that ran for 62 issues. But for the new movie, Gunn took a fresh approach to the characters and the mythology, fashioning a story that, like the other Marvel films, stands on its own but also connects to the studio’s other franchises, including “The Avengers.”

The latest poster for Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Marvel)

The latest poster for Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” (Marvel)

In addition to the five guardians who make up the squad of misfits, the cast also features Michael Rooker as Yondu, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Benicio del Toro as the Collector, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey.

“Doctor Who” star Gillan plays the sadistic villain Nebula. In a recent interview with Hero Complex, the actress said she shaved her head for the role, saying goodbye to her signature red tresses, and underwent rigorous stunt training – or, in her words, “action hero boot camp.”

“She’s got a cybernetic arm, a cybernetic eye, she’s completely blue and bald and she’s like a master of weaponry,” Gillan said of her character. “Whenever I would walk around, people were literally gasping at me, and I was like, ‘Sure, this is worth five hours [in the makeup chair] for this.’”

Marvel released a new poster for “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Friday.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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