One of the more exciting news stories of recent weeks was word that writer/director James Gunn was keen on casting Kurt Russell as the father of Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) in the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel.
Speaking with the Happy Sad Confused podcast this week, Russell has confirmed that he spoke with Gunn about the role and explains why he hasn’t fully committed to the part – turns out he hasn’t seen the first film yet:
“I literally got a phone call two days ago about this,. I’ve never seen Guardians of the Galaxy. I don’t know anything about it. I’m one of the four idiots that’s never seen it. Many times I’ve heard ‘That’s a really fun movie, a really good movie [with] great characters.’ I don’t know it. So, I didn’t realize that the man [James Gunn] had written and directed it.
So we talked to each other on the phone and I just had to be honest and say, ‘Thank you for considering me, I have to read it, and I have to watch the movie because I can’t bring anything for you. I’ve got nothing to offer here.’ So, I’m amazed to get asked about this because everybody knows more about it than I do.”
Gunn has already confirmed that Star-Lord’s father will be different to his comic book counterpart – in that case the Emperor J’Son of Spartax. The “Guardians” sequel opens May 5th 2017.