Though we may not know who Peter Quill’s father is until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens, we may know who will play him. The Wrap reports The Hateful Eight and Escape from New York‘s Kurt Russell is being eyed to play the secret character.
While Marvel declined comment, the site claims “meetings are expected to take place soon” to iron out a deal to bring Russell, star of such 1980s classics as Big Trouble In Little China and comedies like Captain Ron to the Marvel universe.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “both Marvel and director James Gunn as well as Russell seem optimistic the outcome will be positive,” though, their sources claim, the deal is currently in the earlier stages with Russell yet to read the script.
But if it all pans out, Russell makes so much sense as he is certainly part of that earlier generation of heroic screen presences who winged it more often than not — the sort Peter Quill emulates as he tours the galaxy. Oddly enough, on the commentary track for Big Trouble, he told director John Carpenter he was unsure how many more times he could play parts like Jack Burton. He actually turned away from action after 2001’s 3000 Miles to Graceland, but continued on in more dramatic parts in films like Vanilla Sky and Miracle. He returned to genre films as Stuntman Mike in Death Proof and is always a welcome presence whatever he part he takes. As a statesman of action, he would be a welcome presence in the 80s-infused sensibility of Guardians.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens on May 5th, 2017.