It was announced back in July that Kurt Russell (Death Proof) was set to join James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 as Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) father, a mysterious entity called Ego the Living Planet. In the latest issue of Empire magazine Gunn reveals that Russell's casting was actually Chris Pratt's idea.
"He was actually not in my head initially, but one day Chris suggested him," explains Gunn, "and I would have been really disappointed if he'd said no. Hey, if you have to cast anything, Kurt's a pretty good way to go."
Peter Quill has, of course, been scouring the universe for his dad since the beginning of the first film. Now he has found him, things may not be too straightforward between Star-Lord and his old man. "You're going to see these characters having to endure the realities of being in a family," says Pratt. "You're talking about a guy who's been longing to know who his father is for a long time. He'll discover if that person lives up to the expectations he has in his head."
That would be a doubly complex dynamic if dad had his own gravitational pull too. Happily, Ego – "an ancient cosmic being who has been on the edges of the universe for aeons by himself," says Gunn – won't be appearing in his planetary guise. He is a regular looking guy, reformed from humanoid components – including Ego-nads. "I have a penis," he declares in a scene shown at this year's San Diego Comic Con. "It's not bad either."
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 will arrive in cinemas May next year.