Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has begun production at Georgia’s Pinewood Atlanta Studios.
Marvel parent Disney said Wednesday that writer-director James Gunn’s sequel to his 2014 hit, based on the science-fiction comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, continues the adventures of human-alien hybrid Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, and his antiheroic compatriots as they attempt to unravel the mystery of Quill’s parentage. It is scheduled for release May 5, 2017.
The studio said the soundtrack would feature “the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2,” a reference to the cassette tapes that Quill’s late mother had left him upon her death in the 1970s.
Chris Pratt returns as Quill, alongside Zoe Saldana as the assassin Gamora; Dave Bautista as the vengeful Drax; Vin Diesel as the voice of the treelike alien Groot; Bradley Cooper as the voice of the raccoon-like Rocket; Michael Rooker as Quill’s surrogate father, criminal gang leader Yondu; Karen Gillan as antagonist Nebula; and Gunn’s younger brother Sean Gunn (“Gilmore Girls”) as Yondu’s first mate, Kraglin.
New cast members include Pom Klementieff (“Oldboy”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby”), Chris Sullivan (TV’s “The Knick”) and veteran star Kurt Russell (“The Hateful Eight”).
The first film, released Aug. 1, 2014, was a $773 million global box-office hit.