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The mystery of Star-Lord’s father may have been solved. James Gunn and the creative team behind ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’ are eyeing veteran actor Kurt Russell to play the space hero’s missing patriarch. Marvel and Gunn are optimistic that Russell will accept, but at this point, it is reported that an official offer has not yet been made, nor has Russell yet read the script.
Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill/Star-Lord, the son of a human mother and an alien father. In the comics, his father is J’Son of Spartax, but Gunn has confirmed that he is NOT using that origin in this movie. The question of Quill’s father is expected to be a central plotline in the sequel.
The first movie was a surprise hit in 2014, grossing $774 million and proved one of Marvel’s most crowd-pleasing offerings. Pratt and his space-faring cohorts Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel are all returning for the second go-round, along with Karen Gillan and Benecio del Toro. French Canadian Pom Klementieff has been cast as a new character, reportedly martial artist/plant empath Mantis. Shooting of the new film is slated to begin in early 2016.
Russell is a familiar face having starred in nearly a hundred movies and TV shows, including some of the most famous sci-fi films ever like ‘The Thing’, ‘Escape From New York‘ and its sequel ‘Escape From LA‘, ‘Big Trouble In Little China‘ and ‘Stargate’ in addition to memorable classics like ‘Backdraft’, ‘Tombstone’, ‘Tango & Cash’ and many others.
If he takes this role, it will actually be the second time Russell has played the father of a superhero. He played the super strong Commander in the awesome and hugely underrated Disney movie ‘Sky High’, in which his son Will also discovers he has super powers.
Russell will next be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ which opens wide on January 1st.
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’ is scheduled to open on May 5, 2017.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter