Writer and director James Gunn is in Atlanta, ready to start production on Marvel's Phase Three sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The entire cast has already arrived on set, with rehearsals currently ongoing. Today, Gunn, who is never shy on social media, shared an image as production nears its start date. This particular photo gives our first look at the new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 logo. He also shared this quote.
"To quote the great poet David Coverdale, Here I Go Again."
James Gunn is of course referring to the former Deep Purple lead singer who later broke out as a solo artist with the hit 1987 single 'Here I Go Again'. Will this song appear on Awesome Mix Vol. 2? Possibly, but that hasn't been confirmed by the director just yet. James Gunn is using the last little amount of time before principle photography begins to tweak and perfect the script.
James Gunn has not yet revealed the full cast list for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. As of now, the only new cast member who has been confirmed is Pom Klementieff, rumored to be playing Mantis. The Guardians of the Galaxy themselves, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) are all set to reprise their roles from the original blockbuster. As previously reported, all additional cast members are in place, with a big announcement expected soon.
There has been a rumor that Kurt Russell is in talks to play Star-Lord's father in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but his casting has not been confirmed. James Gunn has said in the past that the sequel will reveal who Star-Lord's father is, and while he wouldn't confirm that character's identity, he did say that it wouldn't be the same character from the comics, J'son. Kurt Russell did confirm that he was approached to star in the sequel, but he has to watch the original movie first and read the script for the sequel before he decides. It isn't known if Kurt Russell himself was actually present at the table reads, or if he is in Atlanta right now, ready to shoot his scenes.
While we're not sure what the plot may be just yet, James Gunn has confirmed that the Infinity Stones will not featured in the sequel. The director also reiterated that Thanos will not be seen in the sequel, and it will not likely tie directly into Avengers: Infinity War Part I. While we await more info about the actual movie and its storyline, take a look at this freshly printed director's chair logo. You can practically smell the ink!