Looks like old Disney and Hateful Eight actor Kurt Russell is being sought after for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 as Star-Lord’s father, according to Cinema Blend. Of course, he was under Disney’s umbrella once before as a young actor, so he may feel right at home if he’s chosen. Russell has not even read the script or even been chosen, but soon a meeting will take place to talk about it. In comic book lore, J’Son is the name of the character that’s Star-Lord’s father, but this won’t be the case for the Marvel movie.
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If this comes to fruition, Russell will indeed be a second new edition to the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. The first actor cast for the sequel is Pom Klementieff who is rumored to play Mantis, a character that was an Avenger in the comic books. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Klementieff, who is mostly based in France, did quite a few “chemistry reads.” This film could do well for her.
2015 seems to have been a pretty good year for Kurt, having done movies like Furious 7 and having finished up Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight, which debuts next year in January. Historically, Russell also starred in Tarantino’s Death Proof short in the two-part Grindhouse film.
In the ’80s nostalgia bug of Big Trouble in Little China, Kurt Russell plays Jack Burton, who, just like Peter Quill, is only looking for one thing. Of course, Jack wants his truck back and Quill wants an Infinity Stone. If one could mash-up together the comedic performances of those two characters, one could indeed visualize a “buddy comedy” of sorts. Who would be funnier though, Pratt or Russell?
Even if Kurt Russell did take on the role, there is no knowing the actual character he’d be playing, and to reiterate, director Gunn said it would not be J’Son. Rumors were going around about the Mar-Vell, and the director point-blank shot down any attempt to talk about these rumors and touted them as “completely false,” according to Slash Film.
Russell has been in his share of sci-fi films like John Carpenter’s The Thing and Escape from New York. He also starred in Escape from L.A. as well. As fans recall, they were intense action films that required a lot of activity on Kurt’s part, and according to Bleeding Cool, there was a commentary that went along with Big Trouble in Little China that captured the actor talking about how he told Carpenter that he would likely not be doing any Jack Burton-related parts.
Bleeding Cool also mentioned that Kurt stopped partaking in action after 3000 Miles to Graceland, where he co-starred along with Kevin Costner. Ironically, in Death Proof, he came back as Stuntman Mike.
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If anyone recalls the ending of Guardians of the Galaxy, Yondu, played by Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker, made a short mention of Star Lord’s dad as he departed Xandar. Though, if J’Son isn’t playing the father, then what kind of character would they be drumming up? Would it be someone we’re already familiar with or a completely new character altogether?
It’s likely that Kurt Russell would be honored and excited about taking on the role if it happens. If that’s the case, he’d be joining Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, wrestler Dave Bautista, and a host of others as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 debuts May 5, 2017. Do you think Kurt would be up for any action sequences?
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