David Bowie‘s death after a private battle with cancer last year shocked the world and robbed it of one of the most innovative creators in the fields of music (primarily), acting, fashion and more. Bowie had provided a huge influence on countless artists including ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn, who included Bowies’ song ‘Moonage Daydream’ on the first film’s chart-topping ‘Awesome Mix Vol. 1’ soundtrack.
After Bowie’s death, Gunn penned a heartfelt tribute to the Thin White Duke and expressed a desire to court the sometime-actor for a role in the sequel.
At the time, Gunn said:
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. Who knows what that was about?
He didn’t specify whom Ziggy Stardust would portray. Presumably, it wouldn’t have been a big role. Let the guessing begin!
Enough time has passed, that Gunn felt it was time to reveal this woulda-been-Easter Egg.
Gunn states that he wanted to cast Bowie as “a member of Yondu’s original crew.”
He had also hoped to include another Bowie song on ‘Awesome Mix Vol. 2’, making him the only artist to have a track on both soundtracks. This sadly never happened, however, Gunn did include the song ‘Suffragette City’ from the album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ in the film’s trailer, so… there’s something. (‘Moonrise Daydream’ was lifted from the same 1972 album.)
We do know that the Guardians will be part of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, but Gunn won’t have any input in that. But we also know that a ‘Guardians 3’ is planned so who knows what may pop up on that.
Would you have liked to have seen a Bowie cameo or at least a song in ‘Guardians 2’?