Kurt Russell is one of the newcomers joining the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cast. Russell will play Ego, the father of Peter “Star-Lord” Quill (Chris Pratt), but can’t say much more about his character than that.
“It’s a little hard to bite your tongue, but there’s a lot about the character that we want to keep under wraps,” Russell said during an interview on the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 set. “But the good part is, he’s no letdown.”
While Ego may live up to the hype for fans, he may be more or less than what Star-Lord was expecting from his father.
“He has a great, adventurous spirit that he shares with his son,” Russell explains. “We can all understand how you’d want to meet your dad if you didn’t know who your dad was, and you’d heard these things about your father and you’d been told certain things by your mother, and you’re trying to put it together. I think, when it comes to parents that are missing, we have a tendency to put them on a pedestal. Peter is living in that world, but to finally have the opportunity to meet that person and then begin to compare who you had in mind and what you’re really getting is a lot of what we’re doing.”
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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.