Although Marvel’s superhero movies are as surefire hits as you get in Hollywood these days–outside of Star Wars–it was still surprising just how popular Guardians of the Galaxy was. This was a movie that did not feature any iconic, established superheroes, but focussed upon a dysfunctional intergalactic team that did not exist in comic books before 2008. However, it went on to become one of Marvel’s biggest hits, and the sequel is due in 2017. Now Hateful Eight star Kurt Russell has confirmed that he is in talks to appear in the next film.
In an interview with the HSH podcast, he revealed that he has spoken to writer/director James Gunn about appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. “The way the world works today is very different from back in the day, when nobody knew about anything,” he said (via Vulture). “I literally got a phone call two days ago about this. You got to understand something, I’ve never seen Guardians of the Galaxy. I don’t know anything about it. I’m one of the four idiots who have never seen it, evidently.
“I tell you what: many, many times I’ve heard, ‘That’s a really fun movie. Really good movie. Great characters.’ But I don’t know it. I didn’t realize [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 got nothing to offer here.’
“I’m amazed to get asked about this, because everybody knows more about it than I do.”
Pre-production began on the movie last month, with star Zoe Saldana tweeting pictures of her makeup tests. Returning to the movie alongside her will be Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, and Michael Rooker.
Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to arrive in cinemas on May 5, 2017.