Kurt Russell in talks to join the cast of Guardians Of The Galaxy 2

The Hateful Eight actor could be playing the father of Chris Pratt's character Star-Lord

Kurt Russell has confirmed that he is in talks to join the cast of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, the sequel to the 2014 live-action film about the Marvel character Star-Lord.

The news comes weeks after director James Gunn revealed that he was in the middle of “a very important casting” for the Guardians Of The Galaxy sequel, which he will begin shooting in February 2016. The next film is currently scheduled for release on May 5, 2017.

Speaking on Wolfpop’s Happy Sad Confused podcast to promote The Hateful Eight, the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Russell stars in, he commented, “I literally got a phone call two days ago about this. I’ve never seen Guardians of the Galaxy, I don’t know anything about it… Many many times I’ve heard, ‘That’s a really fun movie, a really good movie, great characters.’ I don’t know it. So, I didn’t realise that [James Gunn] had written and directed it, but we talked to each other on the phone.”

“I just had to be honest and say, ‘Thank you for considering me, I have to read it, and I have to watch the movie because I can’t bring anything for you. I’ve got nothing to offer here. And so I’m amazed to get asked about this because everybody knows more about it than I do.”

Listen below to the discussion about Guardians of the Galaxy 2 starting at the 45:45 mark:

In another recent interview with the Wall Street Journal Russell said of his involvement in the film, “It could be a one line thing for all I know. But yeah, we’re talking about it. There’s just nothing to talk about at the moment.”

Speculation has already begun that Russell will play the father of Star-Lord, the film’s protagonist, played by Chris Pratt.

Meanwhile, James Gunn, the director of Guardians Of The Galaxy, recently responded to the fan outcry over a lack of figurines of the film’s only female character, Gamora. “It’s frustrating and it bums me out,” he said, adding that he was attempting to make sure there is wider representation of Zoe Saldana’s character in the toy market for the film’s 2017 sequel.

Speaking in a live Facebook Q&A video the director said, “I had a big conversation about this yesterday with one of my producers at Marvel about trying to make sure, especially, that Gamora is represented more in [merchandise] and all the Guardians toys but especially all the clothing and bedsheets and all that stuff.”

He was responding to a question about the paucity of Gamora merchandise following the 2014 film. At that time a #WheresGamora hashtag was created after it was revealed that only six different Gamora toys had been created to tie in with the film, compared to hundreds of merchandise items for the male characters.

“I think its really important [and] that oftentimes it’s something Marvel is concerned with, as I am,” Gunn said. “It’s frustrating and stuff, and it bums me out.”