STAR TREK Actor Cast as STAR-LORD's Dad ... Sort Of

Still from "Guardians of the Galaxy"
Credit: Disney XD / Marvel Studios
Poster for Guardians Of The Galaxy animated series
Poster for Guardians Of The Galaxy animated series
Credit: Disney XD

Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Jonathan Frakes has been cast to voice Peter Quill's father, J'Son, in Disney XD's Guardians of the Galaxy series, according to USA Today. Frakes is best known for playing Commander William T. Riker in the Star Trek franchise, and also directed several of its episodes and movies.

"I'm thrilled to be part of another great sci-fi franchise," Frakes told USA Today. "And I'm also lucky that the character of J'Son just happens to sound like me."

Although Star-Lord's origin has been retconned several times, currently in Marvel comic books J'Son is the father of Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord. Curiously, the animated series is choosing to follow comic book continuity, rather than Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity, which the series most closely resembles.

Guardians of the Galaxy live-action writer/director James Gunn has emphatically stated on social media that Peter's father in the MCU will not be J'Son, most recently tweeting J'Son doesn't even exist in the MCU.

The 2017 sequel will focus on Peter's parentage, according to the most recent casting news.

The animated Spartaxian king will make his debut in March 13's episode of Guardians of the Galaxy, after Star-Lord (voiced by Will Friedle) goes missing on Spartax.

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