Director James Gunn welcomed Russell to the cast via Facebook on Wednesday, adding that he was “stoked” to have started principal photography on the sequel in Atlanta.
“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.
Continuing, “The last few days around here with him and our other new cast members, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, and Chris Sullivan, have been some of the best of my life. I never thought anyone was missing from our island of misfit toys, but now that these folks are here there feels like there was.”
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Glenn Close and more returning cast members helped propel “Guardians of the Galaxy” to box office success in 2014–the second-highest grossing film of the year. The sequel is scheduled to be released May 5, 2017.