Hot off the release of ‘The Suicide Squad’ and its miniseries spin-off ‘Peacemaker,’ director James Gunn is gearing up to jump back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.’ Gunn gave an update on the film during an interview with Collider.
“It’s going great,” he explained. “Chukwudi [Iwuji], who plays Murn in Peacemaker, is one of the main characters in the movie and people are freaking out over how good this guy is. Literally freaking out. I think that I’m really happy. I gave a bunch of scenes to Marvel right before Christmas break. Kevin went… They were all really, really, really stoked. But also, it’s not going to be the movie people… It’s different than what people are going to expect. It’s a hard road, but I’m really happy with it so far.”
The sequel sees the return of Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldaña as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Karen Gillan as Nebula, and Pom Klementieff as Mantis.
When asked about the “holiday special,” Gunn acknowledged that pandemic issues slowed the progress.
“It’s still upcoming in the shoot,” he said. “We were supposed to shoot one day in LA, and there’s too much Omicron around, so we couldn’t do it. We’re going to have to fit it in. I haven’t started yet. I’m excited to. It’s fun. The holiday special is… I’m almost jealous of it, even though I wrote it because people freak out so much on how much they love the script for the holiday special that I’m almost like, “Well, wait. I’ve got this movie here I’ve been working on for two years. You love the holiday special that I literally wrote in a very short amount of time.” But, it is really funny and really good.”
Marvel Studios plans to release the movie on May 5, 2023. Gunn serves as director and writer for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.’
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