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Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the sequel to 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy and the fifteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is written and directed by James Gunn and stars an ensemble cast featuring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Guardians travel throughout the cosmos as they help Peter Quill learn more about his true parentage.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was officially announced at San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 before the theatrical release of the first film, along with Gunn's involvement once again, with the title of the film revealed a year later in June 2015. The film began principal photography in February 2016 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, and concluded in June 2016.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to have its premiere in Hollywood on April 19, 2017, and will be released in the United States on May 5, 2017, in 3D and IMAX 3D.
Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord: The half-human, half-alien leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy who was abducted from Earth as a child and raised by a group of alien thieves and smugglers called the Ravagers. Describing where Quill is at the start of the film, Pratt said, "he's famous now in the galaxy for having saved so many people... He feels like he's part of this group, a leader of this group. He's a little more responsible and trying to stay out of trouble, but not necessarily doing the best job." Pratt stated that working on the film forced him to come to terms with the death of his father. Pratt returns as part of a multi-film contract with Marvel.
Zoe Saldana as Gamora: A member of the Guardians who is an orphan from an alien world who seeks redemption for her past crimes. She was trained by Thanos to be his personal assassin. Saldana described Gamora's role in the team as "the voice of reason" saying, "She's surrounded by all these dudes who are so stupid half the time," and added that she is the "Mom" of the team, saying that she is "just a meticulous, detailed, professional individual." Regarding Gamora's relationship with Nebula, Saldana described it as "volatile" and added, "we're starting somewhere very crazy but appropriate given where we had ended things off in the first" film.
Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer: A member of the Guardians and highly skilled warrior in search for vengeance against Thanos for killing his family. Bautista opted to wait for the final version of the script, rather than earlier drafts, in order to be surprised by the story and not take "away from the magic" or "put a damper on it", which he felt happened when he read the script for the first film. Describing how Drax has progressed from the first film, Bautista called him "more funny, driven" and having "a sense of innocence and heartbreak about him", despite "most people's first perception of Drax [that] he's just a big, muscly brute, and he's just going to go in and be an all-action character." He also added that the Guardians "become more of a solid family" in the film, with Drax getting "closer and more caring with the other Guardians". Bautista's makeup took only 90 minutes to apply, down from four hours for the first film. He added that he would have to sit in a sauna at the end of the day to get the makeup off, after his makeup test found it too "abrasive".
Vin Diesel as Baby Groot: A member of the Guardians who is a tree-like humanoid and the accomplice of Rocket. Diesel also provided Groot's voice for sixteen foreign-language releases of the film, up from six in the first film. As Groot is smaller in the film than in the first and known as "Baby Groot", executive producer Jonathan Schwartz said, "He doesn't have the wisdom and experience of that Groot. He's a younger Groot and a more rambunctious Groot." Schwartz also stated the film would examine if he was "the same Groot, just smaller? Or is he a different Groot that's sprung up from the seed of the first Groot?" Diesel added that Baby Groot "couldn't be more naive" and felt the Groot seen in the first film was "a college level Groot. He's not fully grown yet, but he's a man... now he has to start all over, so to speak. So we're going to see this goofy, adorable, baby Groot thing running around the screen. Just kinda learning as he goes." Director and writer James Gunn felt Baby Groot was "a better-written character than the first Groot in some ways" and a "more complete character" because of a larger awareness to the character during filming, opposed to the first film where Gunn and the cast "just kind of always forgot he was there" with the stand-in actor not having the same presence that Sean Gunn did portraying Rocket. Regarding Groot's previous memories, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige added, "He remembers. He's not mentally a baby, he is still Groot... I sort of equate it to Spock circa the end of [Star Trek III: The Search for Spock] and [Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home]." However James Gunn later clarified that Baby Groot does not have any of his previous memories. The idea for Baby Groot came during the filming of the first film, as a reverse of the shot with Rocket standing on Groot's shoulder. Prop master Russell Bobbitt created a 1:1 scale model of the 10-inch (25 cm) Baby Groot for filming to use "as a lighting reference and sometimes puppeteered against the actors during the filming of scenes." As Groot only communicates with the phrase "I am Groot" in different inflections, Gunn created a "Groot Version" of the script for himself and Diesel, which contains each of Groot's lines in English.
Bradley Cooper as Rocket: A member of the Guardians who is a genetically engineered raccoon-based bounty hunter and mercenary, and also a master of weapons and battle tactics. Sean Gunn once again serves as the stand-in for the character during filming, stating that, similar to the first film, "Rocket has the same sort of crisis of faith about whether or not he belongs in this family." James Gunn added, "this is really about Rocket coming to terms with accepting his place within a group of people, which probably seemed like a good idea for two seconds when they were kind of getting along and saving the planet, and now's it's like, he's just not very comfortable with the idea with being a part of this group." Feige stated that the relationship between Rocket and Groot has changed, saying, "Whereas Groot was Rocket's protector in the first movie, Rocket is Groot's protector."
Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta: A blue-skinned buccaneer who is the leader of the Ravagers, a fatherly figure to Quill, and member of the Guardians. Yondu has a larger head fin in the film, bringing the character's look closer to his comic counterpart.
Karen Gillan as Nebula: An adopted daughter of Thanos who was raised with Gamora as siblings, and a member of the Guardians. Despite being a member of the Guardians team, Gunn cautioned, "With Nebula, well, you never know what's up with that one." Gunn stated the production team may have figured out a way for Gillan not to have to shave her head for the role, unlike in the first film, for which Gillan noted her appreciation in not having to do. Gillan revealed she only had to shave half of her head for the film, taking away the underneath part and leaving the top. Gillan's makeup took two and a half hours to apply, down from five hours for the first film. Gillan stated the film would further explore the sisterly relationship between Nebula and Gamora, including their backstory "and what happened to these two girls growing up and actually how awful it was for them and how it's ruined their relationship", adding "we're [also] going to start to see how much pain [Thanos] actually caused [Nebula]... we really start to see the emotional crack in her character".
Pom Klementieff as Mantis: A member of the Guardians with empathic powers who was raised by Ego. Schwartz said the character "has never really experienced social interaction", and "learns about dealing with people" and "social intricacies" from the other Guardians. Klementieff added, "She was really lonely and by herself, so it's a completely new thing to meet these people and to discover new things and new emotions and a new way of sharing things ... I think it's like a kid, you know? You discover things and you're curious about things and you make mistakes and you say, like, weird things or you're awkward." Mantis and Drax also have an "interesting" relationship according to Feige, since "they're both complete odd balls".
Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha: The golden High Priestess and the leader of the Sovereign people.
Chris Sullivan as Taserface: The leader of a mutinous group of the Ravagers. Gunn originally posted a photo of the comic book character on his social media after landing Guardians of the Galaxy, calling him "the dumbest character of all time" and that he would never feature the character in a film. When it came time to craft this character, Gunn felt the character had named himself and decided on Taserface, and described him as "a real dumbass" as well as "a very powerful guy".
Sean Gunn as Kraglin: Yondu's first mate in the Ravagers. James Gunn confirmed that Kraglin would have an expanded role compared to the previous film.
Sylvester Stallone as a member of the Nova Corps. Gunn described Stallone's character as "very important to the Marvel Universe".
Kurt Russell as Ego: An ancient and mysterious cosmic being who is Quill's father and raised Mantis. Ego assumes a humanoid guise throughout the film instead of his customary planetary form from the comics, since he has the ability "to manifest himself in different ways" by "control[ing] the molecules around him in such a way as to create avatars of themselves". Considering Russell for the role was suggested to Gunn by Pratt, as Gunn did not have Russell "in [his] head initially" for the role. Ego was allowed to be used in the film after 20th Century Fox reached a deal with Marvel Studios to return the film rights of Ego for changing the power set of Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who Fox wanted to use in Deadpool (2016). Gunn, who originally thought Marvel held the rights to the character, stated that had the deal with Fox not been made, there was "no back up plan, and it would [have been] nearly impossible to just drop another character in" given the extensive work done surrounding the character. Aaron Schwartz portrays a younger version of Ego.
Additionally, Glenn Close reprises her role as Irani Rael, Supreme Commander of the Nova Corps, known as Nova Prime. Evan Jones, Jimmy Urine, Stephen Blackehart, Steve Agee, Mike Escamilla, Joe Fria, Terence Rosemore, and Tommy Flanagan, portray Wretch, Half-Nut, Brahl, Gef the Ravager, Scrote, Oblo, Narblik, and Tullk respectively, all members of the Ravagers. Michael Rosenbaum also appears, with his character working "in tandem" with Stallone's. Stan Lee has a cameo appearance, while Rob Zombie once again has a voice cameo.
In the United States and Canada, according to early predictions, the film is projected to earn around $150 million in its opening weekend.