Despite many previous rumors claiming otherwise, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 writer and director James Gunn still insists the true identity of Star Lord's father has yet to be revealed. While it's possible he's just denying it because the reveal could come at a pivotal point in the sequel, it's worth giving Gunn the benefit of the doubt here.
If, according to Gunn, we still do not know who Star Lord's father is, it seems likely that his full parentage may not be revealed until the film itself. The next question then is will they be able to keep the casting of his father a secret? The chances seem to point towards no, considering there have been several reports of actors who have already turned down the role, most notably Matthew McConaughey. With McConaughey out, reports surfaced last week of a possible replacement, namely The Hateful Eight's Kurt Russell.
As it turns out, it seems those reports have been confirmed by Russell himself. The actor discussed as much on two separate podcasts, Wolfpop's Happy Sad Confused and The Wall Street Journal (via CBM), stating he has in fact discussed taking a role in an upcoming Marvel film. He also let it be known, he has yet to actually see Guardians of the Galaxy, despite the possibility of being up for a role in the sequel. As he indicated on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Russell will probably have to watch the original before deciding either way:
"I literally got a phone call two days ago about this, I’ve never seen Guardians of the Galaxy so I don’t know anything about it. Many times I’ve heard ‘That’s a really fun movie, a really good movie [with] great characters.’ I don’t know it! So, I didn’t realize that [James Gunn] had written and directed it, but we talked to each other on the phone. And I just had to be honest and say, ‘Thank you for considering me, I have to read [the script], and I have to watch the [first] movie because I can’t bring anything for you [right now]. I’ve got nothing to offer here. So, I’m amazed to get asked about this because everybody knows more about it than I do... it’s a little weird."
Evidently, Russell already has a slight interest in the project, but has to do a little bit of studying before firmly deciding either way. As Russell later told The Wall Street Journal, he is in fact in talks for a role, but he isn't quite sure what the capacity of that role may be:
"It could be a one line thing for all I know. But yeah, we’re talking about it... there’s just nothing to talk about at the moment."
Considering Russell is a fairly prominent and recognizable actor, it seems unlikely Gunn would seek the actor for a minor cameo role. Still, stranger things have happened, but even then, it's a tad more likely that Russell is being sought after for a relatively notable supporting role. And if previous reports are correct, that role could be playing Star Lord's dad, who, as it was revealed in the original Guardians, is not of human descent. Whether or not Russell does end up playing this character, we may not know for sure until the film hits theaters. That is, if Gunn is planning on sticking to the level of secrecy he has had thus far.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.