Ever since the world was introduced to Star Lord (Chris Pratt) in the 2014 movie “Guardians of the Galaxy,” every Marvel fan has been wondering who exactly the character’s long-lost father will turn out to be. Now, it seems actor Kurt Russell is in talks with director James Gunn about a potential role in the sequel, and many believe he’ll be revealed as the father ... if the actor can get over just one major obstacle.
Earlier this week, Variety reported that the 64-year-old actor was in early talks to co-star in the upcoming sequel, scheduled for a May 5, 2017 release date. Now, speaking on both The Wall Street Journal podcast and Wolfpop’s “Happy Sad Confused” podcast, the actor personally confirmed that he received a phone call from Gunn a few days ago in which the director essentially offered him a role in the movie. Unfortunately, there was one factor stopping the “Hateful Eight” star from accepting the role on the spot.
“[The ‘Guardians’ rumor] is one of those things that’s really funny. The way the world works today is very different from back in the day when nobody knew about anything. I literally got a phone call two days ago about this. You got to understand something, I’ve never seen ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’” Russell admitted on “Happy Sad Confused” (via Vulture). “I don’t know anything about it. I’m one of the four idiots who have never seen it, evidently.”
The actor went on to say that while he was flattered by Gunn’s consideration of him for the role, he had to tell him that he couldn’t give him a concrete answer until he both saw the first movie and read the script for the second. However, while Russell could not confirm that he would definitely be involved with the movie, he also doesn’t seem to have turned it down either.
Speaking on The Wall Street Journal’s podcast, the actor expanded on his previous statement, confessing that his conversation with Gunn didn’t include any plot details or hints about his mystery role in question. Although he’s expected to play Star Lord’s father, he made sure to note that he has no clue of the role’s size or scope.
“It could be a one line thing for all I know,” he said (via ScreenRant). “But yeah, we’re talking about it…. There’s just nothing to talk about at the moment.”