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As many of you may know, James Gunn, the brilliant mind behind Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither is combining forces with Wolf Creek director Greg McLean for a brand new horror film titled The Belko Experiment. Much of the cast has been announced as the film moves toward production, but recently Gunn revealed one more star who will join the line up: Michael Rooker.

Rooker of course played Yondu in Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy and prior to that was already a very familiar face from his time on the AMC series The Walking Dead where he played redneck Merle Dixon. Gunn took to his Facebook page to reveal the news and a little more about the character that Rooker will play:

Rooker plays 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.

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Here's the synopsis for The Belko Experiment (which is currently spelled The Belco Experiment on IMDb, though James Gunn has confirmed it's spelled with a 'K'):

A group of 83 American expatriates who work in a building in Sao Paulo, Brazil, find themselves trapped in their workplace; a voice emits over the speaker system, forcing them through a series of murderous moral decisions.

The premise sounds extremely promising and after seeing what Gunn did with Guardians it will very interesting to keep up with this film as it moves into production with Greg McLean directing Gunn's script.

Michael Rooker will be joined by Tony Goldwyn, John Gallagher Jr., Melonie Diaz, and John C. McGinley, and shooting is expected to start shooting in June.



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