When news first emerged that The Hateful Eight star Kurt Russell was in contention to play Peter Quill’s wayward father in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, eager fans began stipulating the actual identity of papa Quill.
Director James Gunn has categorically ruled out Emperor J’Son of Spartax, who served as Peter’s father in the comic books, but that hasn’t prevented Marvelites from dreaming up roles that Russell could assume. That’s despite Marvel only opening early negotiations with Russell for the coveted part, and now the actor himself has weighed on the issue.
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First and foremost, Russell confirmed that he has indeed held talks with Marvel Studios regarding Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but stopped short of saying for which role. Surely it’s Quill’s father, no? See if you can glean any potential hints from Russell’s response to Happy Sad Confused Podcast.
“I literally got a phone call two days ago about this,” Russell said. “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.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will welcome back Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and newcomer Pom Klementieff when James Gunn’s sequel blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017. Before that, Kurt Russell can next be seen as John “The Hangman” Ruth in The Hateful Eight, which will open via limited release on Christmas Day.