Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer, release date, cast, and everything you need to know

Fast Facts: 

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 release date: April 28, 2017 (UK)/May 5, 2017 (US)
  • Director: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Kurt Russell, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan
  • Writers: James Gunn

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 movie can't come soon enough

Guardians of the Galaxy - Marvel's playful sci-fi adventure - will get its well-deserved sequel next year. James Gunn, who directed the first movie, is back at the helm, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (as it’s known) started shooting late last year. While details are scant, as the film is still far away, there are plenty of news snippets to be had. So, I’ve gathered all the info up in one place, and here’s everything we currently know about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 trailer is still a secret

So far the only Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer was shown at Comic Con and not released to the public. However we can run through what we saw: 

It opens on a strange planet where we see Quill, Gamora, and Drax getting ready for an attack. Some sort of portal opens up in the sky and tentacles come bursting through showing what looks like a giant squid-like creature. We’re then introduced to Elizabeth Debicki’s character Ayesha who hires the Guardians. After a few actions shots, we see Karen Gillan's Nebula presented to Gamora as a prisoner, and a super quick shot of Sylvester Stallone, before the Guardians are on the run. There are more actions shots, this time focusing on each member of the team and, finally, what looks like a giant glowing bean floats down from the sky and lands in front of the Guardians. That's Ego who announces "I’m your Dad, Peter". The Guardians then join Ego and his companion Mantis on his ship where he explains he created a body for himself, before everything ends on a dick joke: “Did you create a penis?” says Drax. 

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 cast has all your favourites

The full crew is back for the sequel, so Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista muscles in as Drax, Bradley Cooper will be voicing Rocket, and Vin Diesel reprises his ideally-suited speaking part as Groot. So far, so familiar.

It’s the stuff outside the main crew that is more interesting. Karen Gillen has been confirmed as Nebula, which means she didn’t meet a sticky end at the climax of the original movie. Ok, fair enough - Marvel characters have a real habit of not staying dead/miraculously cheating death. Nebula will also have a much more expanded role according to teases from director James Gunn.  Elizabeth Debicki is also playing Ayesha, a priestess who hires the team to fight an 'interdimensional creature'.

Michael Rooker has also been confirmed as Yandu, so Quill’s former partner will play a role somewhere. And with Yandu sporting a new, larger head-fin, in keeping with his Will he still be friends with the Guardians by the end of the movie? Hmm… seems unlikely it’ll be plain sailing.

Also of note is Nathan Fillion, of Firefly fame, who has been cast as Wonder Man (real name, Simon Williams). Leaked pics show some fake movie posters with the fictional actor/stunt-man as the star. Kurt Russell is also on board playing Ego, The Living Planet. That name's pretty much sums up what he is although rumours heavily hint at this character being Star-Lord's father in the film continuity. 

And, lastly, we know that Sylvester Stallone will be appearing in a mystery part. "It's not a huge role [but] it's a very, very key, important role", says Director Gunn".

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 plot is still up in the air

Details on the plot are scant, but all those involved agree that this will be a movie about ‘discovering the true parentage of Star-Lord (Peter Quill)’.  We know that Kurt Russell has joined the cast as Ego, The Living Planet, and to play Quill's father. Elizabeth Debicki is playing Ayesha, also known as Her, Paragon, or Kismet. Originally she was a godlike being created by a group of scientists called The Enclave who wanted to rule the world. The movie however seems to have her as "The golden High Priestess and the leader of the Sovereign people, who enlists help of the Guardians" to stop an interdimensional monster.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 soundtrack will have a new mixtape

No, I don’t know what they are, but according to James Gunn all the Mix Tape songs are already decided for Guardians 2, and written into the script. Will Quill get this tape from his daddy? Likely. Will it feature the recently departed David Bowie? Very, very likely - rumour has it Bowie was all set for a cameo before he sadly passed away. Will the music be awesome? Confirmed.

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