The identity of Star-Lord’s father has been a mystery that’s been speculated on since Guardians of The Galaxy came out two years ago. And when Kurt Russell was announced for the role, that speculation only grew. Honestly, I had him pegged to play the titan Starfox. So it’s safe to say that I, along with most people, were surprised when Guardian’s of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 director, James Gunn, announced that Russell would be portraying Ego the Living Planet. Speaking to Empire magazine, Gunn revealed the rationale behind casting Russell.
“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.”
It’s true, you can’t go wrong with casting Kurt Russell. When his and Chris Pratt’s characters meet, it’s definitely going to be fun. While Yondu referred to Star-Lord’s dad as an “asshole” in the first Guardians film, we’ll have to see how accurate a description that is and how Star-Lord and the rest of the Guardians react to his newly found father.
“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.”
How Star-Lord and his planetary Pop deal with each other is sure to be an interesting new storyline. A man’s search for his father is a very human way to ground the space opera. And in a way, family drama is a core component to the Guardians. The first film was all about making your own family. And in Gamora’s case, rebelling against your old one. Surely if Russell’s Ego is as big a jerk as Yondu claims, Star-Lord’s new found family will be there to back him up.