Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn shared a rough thumbnail sketch of a scene he shot earlier today to his Twitter page. The image features the always cute Groot as he struggles to hold onto what appears to be some kind of lizard-like creature.
Towards the end of the first movie, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) sacrificed himself to keep his friends from being obliterated. The protective cocoon he enveloped the rest of team in protected them from the impact when the ship went down, but poor Groot wasn’t quite so lucky. His pal Rocket kept a sapling, however, and during the mid-credits scene we discovered that “baby Groot” was regrowing nicely, and annoying Drax with an adorable Jackson 5 dance routine.
Many figured that the fan-favorite alien would be back to regular size for the sequel, but the official promo banner that was released to mark the commencement of production confirmed otherwise, and now this sketch is further proof that Groot will still be pint-sized – at least for a portion of the film.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to hit theaters on May 5, 2017.