After Matthew McConaughey turned down a major role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, director James Gunn was forced to find another veteran actor who would be an adequate replacement. He seems to have found just that, as a new report from The Wrap confirms that Marvel is looking to cast The Thing actor Kurt Russell as the father of Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill/Star Lord in the upcoming superhero sequel.
According to the website, Russell hasn’t even read the film’s script yet, and Marvel hasn’t even officially offered him the role, but both parties seems to be optimistic and hopeful towards things working out and striking a deal. Meetings will apparently take place very soon.
Russell has had a lot of success this past year, starring in two critically praised genre-blending films that take place in the Old West, Bone Tomahawk and The Hateful Eight; the latter of which has even earned him a bit of Oscar buzz. On top of those films, he also appeared in the hugely successful blockbuster Furious 7.
Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters last year and garnered positive reviews all across the board, with some even calling it the best film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was also a massive box office hit, grossing over $770 million on a budget close to $200 million. The sequel will have a lot to live up to, but Gunn, who also directed the first film, seems confident that it will at the very least meet expectations.
Cast members set to return for the film include Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn. Additonally, newcomer Pom Klementieff has come on board the project, and she will supposedly play a character named Mantis.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled for released on May 5, 2017.
Source: The Wrap