‘Walking Dead’ Star Michael Rooker Joins James Gunn’s ‘Belko Experiment’

“The Walking Dead” star Michael Rooker will reteam with James Gunn on a new horror film, “The Belko Experiment.”

Rooker played Yondu Udonta in Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Gunn noted in the announcement Friday on his Facebook page. He has also revealed castings this week of “Scrubs” alum John C. McGinley, “Fruitvale Station’s” Melonie Diaz, “The Newsroom” star John Gallagher Jr. and “Scandal” president Tony Goldwyn.

“We’ve done three movies, two reality shows, a video game and a Web series together, been on a bromantic trip to Paris with just the two of us, and spent many nights as the last two maniacs at a party, so did you ever think there was any possibility that my pal Michael Rooker would not be cast in our horror/action/thriller ‘The Belko Experiment,’ especially when it’s been comprised of such overwhelming talent? Of course not.”

Rooker will play Bud Melks, the head of maintenance in the Belko building.

“He’s not a racist thug like Merle in ‘The Walking Dead,’ and he doesn’t have a flying arrow like Yondu in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ — in fact, he’s a pretty nice guy — so he’s ill-equipped to deal with the mysterious forces who start making all of the employees in Belko start killing each other, unless they want to be killed themselves,” Gunn said.

The story, directed by Greg McLean from Gunn’s script, follows an American company after it’s mysteriously sealed off in South America.

Gunn, who is producing with Peter Safran, is also on board to direct and produce Marvel-Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” which will hit theaters on May 5, 2017.

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