James Gunn talks ‘Guardians 2’, Kurt Russell’s character, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Adam Warlock
Just as fans get a new look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with the new Super Bowl ad, director James Gunn talked with Collider about the new film, beginning with Kurt Russell’s character. Russell is playing Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord’s father, Ego, a living planet, and NOT J’Son of Spartax. New photos reveal Elizabeth Debicki‘s villainess: Ayesha.
“I call [Kurt] J’son all the time. That’s what we do. [Laughs] But I also wanna make clear – here’s the thing and here’s the thing you get stuck with; he isn’t J’son. He isn’t named J’son in the movie. That’s just flat out the case,” Gunn says in this new interview.
“We’ll probably all know who the father is by the time this movie comes out, “we” meaning you guys, because the movie really isn’t about that. It’s not about this big reveal of who the father is. It really is about the story between the different characters. It’s not about that reveal, it’s not about a big shock moment. We’re probably all gonna know by the time the movie comes out. It happens pretty close to the beginning of the film. It’s not something that we reveal at the end of the film. So, it’s something that’ll come out eventually. I think it’s just we wanna choose the time when that comes out, and hopefully we’ll be able to do that.”
Gunn talks about the development process of the film, from treatment to shooting script, before opening up about the relationship between Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan).
“It’s about two sisters. It’s not about the sisters and their father. It’s about two sisters and what were the sisters’ problems with each other? And, you know, some of those things were caused by being raised by the ultimate abusive father. But it really isn’t about Thanos, and frankly, I just wasn’t inspired to put him in the movie. You know, I kind of go with my gut on these things and it just wasn’t what I wanted to do. It wasn’t the most fun part of the movie last time for me and I just didn’t really wanna do it this time. And again, the relationship with Thanos has nothing to do with it. It’s not about their relationship with Thanos. It’s about their relationship to each other, and what is that? And that was interesting to me, and I thought that was important to our story, and that was important to our characters. What happened with them in the past – there’s a lot of stuff that happened with them in the past that affects our characters presently. Same thing with Rocket. Rocket’s past is very important to the present story, but it’s not how it affects him. It’s about how it affects his relationship with the other Guardians.”
On Ayesha, Gunn says “she’s a member of this race called the Sovereign, and they’re all genetically created. They’re created by themselves as sort of a self-sustaining race who are created as perfect beings and they think of themselves as perfect.”
He confirms she is the same race as Adam Warlock and there will be a ton of Easter Eggs. Gunn talks about the RED camera, IMAX footage and much more, visit Collider for more HERE
Here’s the official synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2:
Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Jonathan Schwartz, Victoria Alonso, Nik Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The screenplay is by James Gunn. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into US theaters on May 5, 2017.