Chris Pratt helped cast Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 August 2016
Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell

Hollywood star Kurt Russell was cast in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' because of Chris Pratt, according to James Gunn

Kurt Russell was cast in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' because of Chris Pratt.

The 65-year-old actor, who plays the role of Star-Lord's father in the sci-fi movie, was cast in the much-anticipated film on the recommendation of his co-star, according to director James Gunn.

James told Empire magazine: "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.

"Hey, if you have to cast anything, Kurt's a pretty good way to go."

Meanwhile, Chris - who has reprised the role of Star-Lord for the movie - has hinted that the reunion with his on-screen father may not be what his character had been expecting.

He said: "You're going to see these characters having to endure the realities of being in a family.

"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."

Fans have already been afforded a glimpse of Kurt as Star-Lord's father, with a teaser shown at San Diego Comic-Con suggesting he will be noticeably different from the character portrayed in the comics.

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' is set for release in May next year.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 17min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Gunn
  • Written by: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Glenn Close, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Kurt Russell
  • UK release: 28 April 2017

The gang are back, with a rollicking plot involving stolen batteries and Ego (Russell) who may or may not be the long-lost dad of Peter Quill (Pratt). It’s very CGI-heavy, sometimes tiringly so, but the humour still charms and the finale picks it up after a sluggish second act.

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