Production continues apace on the Atlanta set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. and James Gunn, ever the one to relay production trinkets to vying fans, has shared a new still that unites frenemies both old and new.
From left to right, we see Sean Gunn – standing in for Rocket Raccoon on set – Karen Gillan (Nebula), newcomer Pom Klementieff (Mantis), James Gunn himself, Michael Rooker (Yondu), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Dave Bautista (Drax), and, finally, Zoe Saldana (Gamora).
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Given that their work is limited to the voice booth, there’s no sign of Vin Diesel and/or Bradley Cooper, and it’s likely that both actors have either already wrapped up their own dialog, or plans are in place for their work to be shoehorned in once principal photography has wrapped.
Groot and Rocket aren’t the only absentees from today’s impromptu photo shoot, given that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 also plays host to Elizabeth Debicki and Chris Sullivan in unspecified roles, while Kurt Russell – long rumored to be playing the father to Pratt’s Peter Quill/Star-Lord – is also nowhere to be seen. Tommy Flanagan of Sons of Anarchy fame was the most recent addition to the Guardians 2 cast, and he’ll be lining up alongside Sean Gunn and Michael Rooker as one of Yondu’s henchmen.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will blast into theaters on May 5, 2017. There’s still an awful long way to go, then, but we’ll keep you updated if and when James Gunn posts another status report via Facebook.