David Bowie was in early discussions for a cameo role in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, the film’s director James Gunn has revealed.
Marvel’s President Kevin Feige suggested Bowie for the role in the superhero sequel, which is due to start shooting next month (February) for a May 2017 release, and Gunn heard back from Bowie’s camp that the cameo “potentially could happen.”
In a tribute to the late icon posted on Gunn’s Facebook page, the director wrote: “Just a very short while ago Kevin Feige and I were talking about a cameo role in Guardians Vol. 2, and he brought up Bowie’s name. I told him nothing in the world would make me happier, but I heard from common friends he wasn’t doing well.
“We heard back that he was okay and it could potentially happen,” Gunn continued. “Who knows what that was about? But, for whatever reason, it made my Twitter revelation [of Bowie’s death] more of a surprise.”
Bowie’s last film appearance was a cameo as himself in the 2009 musical comedy Bandslam. Three years earlier, he had played a key supporting role in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed mystery drama The Prestige.
Bowie passed away on Sunday (January 10) following what his official statement describes as “a courageous 18 month battle with cancer”. His final album ‘Blackstar’ was released on Bowie’s 69th birthday last Friday (January 8).