Kurt Russell may be joining Marvel’s big-screen misfits. The actor is in early talks for 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Marvel and Guardians 2 director James Gunn are eyeing the 64-year-old Russell to play the father of Chris Pratt’s cocky Marvel hero, Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord. Pratt’s character has a human mother, who appeared in the first film, and an alien father, who will be a major player in the sequel.
The news was first reported by The Wrap.
The sequel to 2014’s Guardians — which earned more than $733 million at the worldwide box office — will feature returning stars Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, and Vin Diesel. Newcomer Pom Klementieff also has been cast in a mystery role.
Russell is appearing in Quentin Tarantino’s Jan. 1 release The Hateful Eight.
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Marvel declined to comment, and representatives for Russell did not immediately reply to request for comment. However, Gunn took to Twitter to address the “rumors”:
Guardians 2 is due in theaters May 5, 2017.