The director of Guardians of The Galaxy has confirmed that Kurt Russell will star in the forthcoming sequel, it has been revealed today (February 17).
In the follow up to Marvel’s smash hit, Russel joins the cast as the Father of hero Peter Quinn. He joins the original cast of
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Glenn Close.
James Gunn – who directed the original instalment of the Marvel comic book adaptation in 2014 – made a statement on his Facebook page in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday February 17) which read:
“My favorite movie as a small child was ‘The Strongest Man in the World,’ so I’m glad to announce that, yes, Kurt Russell has joined our cast and, yes, he is more awesome a dude than I ever could have imagined,” he wrote.
Elizabeth Debicki (The Man From U.N.C.L.E) and Chris Sullivan (The Knick) are also confirmed to be part of the cast, although their roles are yet to be announced,. The film’s first outing grossed over $770 million worldwide.
In January of this year, Gunn also revealed that the late David Bowie was in early discussions for a cameo role in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2.
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.