By Nick Romano
Updated August 28, 2016 at 07:48 PM EDT
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Kurt Russell is officially part of the Guardians of the Galaxy squad, and he has his on-screen son, Chris Pratt, to thank for that.

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

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • James Gunn