‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ casting news: Marvel wants Kurt Russell to play Star-Lord’s father

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Actor Kurt Russell arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills, California November 1, 2015. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Makers of “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” want to add veteran actor Kurt Russell to the film's cast.

Russell is James Gunn’s choice to play Star-Lord’s father, The Wrap reports. Gunn has said that there will be less characters in the sequel and that the story will focus mainly on the returning characters, but there are a few key roles that are open for casting.

Marvel has not officially offered the part to Russell, nor has Russell read the script, and both the camps have not issued official statements regarding the matter.

In his previous interviews, Gunn said that the “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel will be about fathers. He told that it is important for the film to have more personal time compared to first instalment.

Cinemablend reports that there have been speculations that Russell might end up playing the role of Captain Mar-Vell. The report has been debunked by Gunn since then.

The only thing certain is that the character will be a member of a mysterious alien race that the Nova Corps has not seen before.

In October, Marvel reportedly offered a villain role to Matthew McConaughey, but the actor is said to have turned it down. Screenrant speculated that the villain role could possibly be that of Peter Quill’s father. The character is not exactly a benevolent figure based on Yondu’s (Michael Rooker) reference to the character as a “jackass” in the film. However, Quill’s mother referred to him as an “angel” before she died.

Russell is on a roll booking roles left and right, including Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.” He has also signed on Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon.” His other notable works include “Tombstone” and “Stargate.” In 2005, Russell played the role of a superhero, the Commander, in “Sky High.”

“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” opens on May 5, 2017.

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