No stranger to science fiction cinema (or genre films in general), it looks like Kurt Russell might be adding yet another film of that type to his resume. According to TheWrap, the iconic actor could be lending his chops to the role of Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) as-yet-unidentified father in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! Variety took things one step further by stating that the actor is now in early talks for the part, something that our own sources have confirmed.
If you’re looking to cast someone as rogueish and playful as Chris Pratt in the part of Star-Lord’s father, you’d be hard pressed to do better than Kurt Russell. In a film reportedly fixated on fathers and their children, casting such a role perfectly is an important step and this is absolutely a perfect choice. Furthermore, in addition to Kurt’s genre bonafides (of which he has plenty), the man is currently in the midst of a resurgence. From his cheeky role in Fast & Furious 7 to the character-driven horror western Bone Tomahawk to his marvelous turn in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Mr. Russell is having one hell of a year right now. Adding a big and sure-t0-be-fun project like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on top of all that could be the cherry on top.
I’m sure scheduling could be an issue. While nothing is official when it comes to Fast & Furious 8 in terms of casting, Russell is one of the actors expected to return for it. That project shoots early next year, presumably before GOTG2, so there probably won’t be that much of a conflict. The kicker here is that Russell is known to like to take it easy these days. Any project he boards as an actor is given his all, but he likes to have more downtime than he had in previous decades. Coming off of three productions and then possibly adding two more big ones afterwards might scare him away.
I hope not, however. There are only a scant few actor who I think would be absolutely perfect in such a role, no matter of the actual character is (Starfox?). Kurt Russell is one of them. Fingers crossed that a deal is side sometime in the next month and the man loved by all as Jack Burton, Rudy Russo, Snake Plissken, R.J. MacReady, and so many more can add yet another great character to a body of work practically exploding with them.
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