James Gunn Responds To Steven Tyler's Guardians Of The Galaxy Request

by Jay Jayson

Four days ago, People posted an interview they had conducted with Steven Tyler, in which the Aerosmith frontman and former American Idol judge promoted his role in the upcoming horror thriller Happy Birthday and expressed interest in being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tyler said, "I would do anything to be in Guardians of the Galaxy 3 – are you listening James Gunn?"

Two days later, before The Belko Experiment premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Gunn responded to Tyler's comments.

"Yes, I did hear that Steven Tyler wants to be in Guardians of the Galaxy," Gunn said during a Facebook Q&A. "He gave me a shout-out the other day in an interview. He said, 'James Gunn are you listening?' The answer is: Steven, yes I am listening. And I'm a big fan of Steven Tyler's. I would have the pleasure of directing his daughter Liv in a movie [2010's Super] in which she was fantastic, and I met him for a few seconds at a screening of that movie. He's a cool guy. And, of course I would love to work with Steven Tyler sometime."

And yesterday, Gunn added to his comments via his official Twitter account.

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 5, 2017.