Kurt Russell Confirmed for 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' as Film Begins Production

Kurt Russell Confirmed for 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' as Film Begins Production
Two years ago, the Marvel universe expanded yet again with the wildly popular and extremely fun Guardians of the Galaxy. Today, the film's sequel has officially started production, and with it comes some exciting casting news.

In a post to his Facebook page this morning, director James Gunn confirmed the long-gestating rumours that Kurt Russell will appear in the new film.

"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 wrote.

Russell will join returning cast members Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn and Glenn Close as well as fellow newcomers Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki and Chris Sullivan.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will arrive on May 5, 2017.