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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Director Confirms Kurt Russell Casting (Photo)

James Gunn also announces Elizabeth Debicki and Chris Sullivan have boarded Marvel sequel

James Gunn officially announced that Kurt Russell has joined the cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” on Wednesday.

Gunn made the announcement on his official Facebook page. “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,” he wrote.

TheWrap reported exclusively in December that the “Hateful Eight” actor was in talks to join the project as the father of Peter Quill (Chris Pratt).

Gunn also announced that Elizabeth Debicki, and Chris Sullivan have joined the cast in unspecified roles. Debicki played Victoria in the Guy Ritchie big screen adaptation of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” Sullivan is known for his role as Tom Cleary on the Cinemax series “The Knick.”

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Glenn Close are all returning for the follow-up to the hit Marvel film.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” was a major worldwide success when it premiered in Aug. 2014. The film grossed over $770 million at the box office, with over $330 million of that coming from the U.S.

“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” is set to premiere on May 5, 2017.

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