Guardians of the Galaxy 2's Kurt Russell landed role with help from Chris Pratt
The Hateful Eight actor will play Star-Lord’s father, Ego the Living Planet, in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but writer-director James Gunn said he only thought of him for the role upon Pratt’s suggestion.
“He was actually not in my head initially, but one day Chris suggested him, and I would have been really disappointed if he’d said no,” Gunn told Empire. “Hey, if you have to cast anything, Kurt’s a pretty good way to go.”
Ego, on the other hand, isn’t your average character. In the comics, he’s a sentient planet able to produce humanoid anti-body creations to serve him.
“You’re going to see these characters having to endure the realities of being in a family,” Pratt told the magazine. “You’re talking about a guy who’s been longing to know who his father is for a long time. He’ll discover if that person lives up to the expectations he has in his head.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will hit theaters on May 5, 2017.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2