Updated December 22, 2015 at 2:25 p.m. E.T.: Kurt Russell has confirmed that he is in talks for a role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
"I literally got a phone call two days ago about this," Russell explained on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. "I've never seen Guardians of the Galaxy, so I don't know anything about it. Many times I've heard, 'That's a really fun movie, a really good movie [with] great characters.' I don't know it!"
"I didn’t realize that [James Gunn] had written and directed it, but we talked to each other on the phone," Russell continued, "And I just had to be honest and say, 'Thank you for considering me, I have to read [the script], and I have to watch the [first] movie because I can't bring anything for you [right now]. 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. "It could be a one line thing for all I know,” he concluded. But yeah, we're talking about it... there's just nothing to talk about at the moment."
Original Story: One of the big secrets of Guardians of the Galaxy was the identity of Star-Lord's dad, and now director James Gunn might have found him.
The Wrap reports that veteran actor Kurt Russell is Gunn's "top choice" to play the father of Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt, in next year's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. That may not make it happen however, as the Hollywood news website says that the studio and Marvel have yet to even have a meeting, a script read, or an official offer.
In comic books, Peter Quill's origin and parentage has had multiple revisions over the years, with it most recently being settled as an alien ruler named J'son of Spartax. James Gunn has said that J'son will not be Star-Lord's father in the movies.
Russell is a veteran actor, beginning as a child star for Disney before fronting cult films such as Escape From New York and The Thing. He recently appeared in Furious 7 alongside Vin Diesel, and co-stars in the upcoming The Hateful Eight.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to open in theaters May 5, 2017.