Guardians of the Galaxy will begin shooting in June, according to Victoria Alonso, Marvel’s vice-president of visual effects and post-production. She confirmed the news during an interview with Cinema Blend.
Here’s the scoop:
“Production has already started! Completely. It started months ago and we have an entire team in London already – we start shooting in June. Our director [James Gunn] travels next week and it’s going, baby! It’s a fast train to a beautiful place.”
Alonso also discussed their plans to incorporate both motion capture and CGI for various characters, including Rocket Raccoon and Groot, the former being a raccoon and the latter being a walking tree.
“We’re going to do a combination. You can’t do any motion capture with a raccoon – they won’t let you put the suit on [laughs]. But we will do rotomation, probably, for some of the behaviour. Rocket will have his own personality, of course, and clearly we can’t do mocap on a tree, per say, but we definitely will have performers to emulate what James Gunn will lead to be the behaviour and the performance. He’s very clear on where he wants to take the characters.”
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy are a team of superhuman and extra-terrestrial adventurers dedicated to the safeguarding of the Milky Way Galaxy from any force that threatens the security or liberty of its various people. James Gunn (Slither) will direct Guardians of the Galaxy, and Chris Pratt (Moneyball, Wanted) has recently signed up for the lead role of Star-Lord.
The film is scheduled for release in the US on 1st August 2014.