Early morning on February 17, fans of the Marvel Universe woke up to a pleasant surprise: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has begun shooting.
Though Marvel already announced the sequel to the surprise hit of 2014, fans were excited to learn production started with the cast slipping back into being the “bunch of A-holes,” along with some new faces. Pom Klementieff (Spike Lee’s Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby), and Chris Sullivan (The Knick) join the sequel, as well as Kurt Russell. Yes, Kurt Russell, the rumors were true.
The announcement came from director James Gunn’s Facebook page, on which he posted a first-look teaser of the Guardians and the film’s new logo. “Official photography on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has started, and I couldn’t be more stoked,” Gunn wrote.
On Kurt Russell, Gunn let his fanboy out a little to gush on the veteran actor: “My favorite movie as a small child was The Strongest Man in the World, so I’m glad to announce that, yes, Kurt Russell has joined our cast and, yes, he is more awesome a dude than I ever could have imagined.”
Gunn didn’t mention who any of the new cast are playing, although Deadline previously reported Klementieff is playing Mantis. Initial rumors about Kurt Russell involved the actor playing Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) estranged father, who, in Marvel lore, is J’son, Emperor of the Spartoi Empire.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will release May 5, 2017.