James Gunn is never far away from the social media machine, recently railing against the Hollywood response to Deadpool's record-breaking debut. And now he's back again, only this time he's announcing the official start of filming on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and to reveal a cool first look while confirming some new additions to the superhero team of a-holes
Gunn confirmed the additions of Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby), Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), and Chris Sullivan (The Drop) to the cast, joining the returning Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Glenn Close, Sean Gunn, and Karen Gillan. Russell has been rumored to play Star-Lord's mysterious father, greatly hinted at during the first film. Gunn has been talking about a new female member of the team, as well, with many assuming this will be the role filled by Klementieff and not Debicki. As of now we have no idea what characters either actress is playing.
Here are Gunn's comments about the casting:
Official photography on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has started, and I couldn’t be more stoked.
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.
The last few days around here with him and our other new cast members, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, and Chris Sullivan, have been some of the best of my life. I never thought anyone was missing from our island of misfit toys, but now that these folks are here there feels like there was.
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Glenn Close are all returning.
We’ll have more surprises for you in the coming months. But, for now, this will have to do.
I have to get back to set!
Have a great day, everybody.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens May 5th 2017.