In just a few short months, director James Gunn will start production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Aside from returning stars Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon) and Vin Diesel (Groot), the only new cast member to come aboard so far is Pom Klementieff, who is rumored to be playing Mantis. Today we have a new report from The Wrap, which claims that Marvel is eyeing Kurt Russell for the pivotal role of Star-Lord's father.
In last year's Guardians of the Galaxy, we learned that Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord was taken from Earth by Yondu (Michael Rooker), as part of a deal with Peter's mysterious father. Instead of living up to his end of the deal, Yondu ended up raising young Peter with his Ravagers, revealing at the end of the movie that Peter's father' was an 'a--hole.' Director James Gunn has confirmed that fans will learn the identity of Peter's father in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and that he won't be the same character from the Marvel Comics, J'son.
This report reveals that a deal hasn't been made yet between Marvel and Kurt Russell, and the actor has not yet read the script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. However, Kurt Russell is expected to meet with with the studio very soon. It still hasn't been confirmed which character in the vast Marvel universe will be Star-Lord's father, but James Gunn recently shot down one possibility.
An unconfirmed rumor surfaced last month, which claimed Star-Lord's father will be the first Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Mar-Vell. In the Guardians of the Galaxy, Star-Lord's father was described as an angel, composed of light, who is part of a race that the Nova Corps hasn't seen in several years. Since this description doesn't exactly match Mar-Vell from the comics, the report speculated that the studio was planning on tweaking the character's origins, but James Gunn revealed a few days later that the report was not true.
James Gunn will direct from his own script, with Marvel already setting a May 5, 2017 release date. Kurt Russell recently worked with Vin Diesel on Furious 7, so it's possible that he had a hand in bringing Kurt Russell on board for this sequel, but we don't know for sure. Kurt Russell will next be seen in Quentin Tarantino's revenge Western The Hateful Eight, which hits theaters on Christmas Day.