Chris Pratt has confirmed that the third chapter in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise will see the light.
The actor, who plays one of the protagonists of the series, Star-Lord, broke the news on Saturday during “The Lego Movie 2” premiere in Los Angeles.
The future of the franchise has looked uncertain since director James Gunn left Marvel after a personal controversy. Most fans were already losing faith in the possibility of ever seeing “Volume 3” coming to the big screen.
In an interview with Variety, Pratt decided to address the matter and said: “Yeah, we’re gonna see another one. I promise there’ll be a third movie. I don’t know exactly what that’s gonna look like. But I know everyone onboard is just eager to give the fans what they want and wrap up a trilogy in a meaningful way.”
Marvel Studios were supposedly going to start the filming of the third volume in January this year so that they could release the movie in 2020. However, this timeline was decided before Disney fired James Gunn for writing offensive tweets back in July 2018.
This acted as a hurdle in the filming of the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie, as James Gunn was not only the director but also the writer of the first two movies in the series.
Upon hearing the news, the entire main cast which is composed other than Pratt by Zoe Saldana as Gamora, professional wrestler and actor Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rackett Raccoon, Vin Diesel as Groot, Karen Gillan as Nebula and Pom Klementieff as Mantis, made a joint statement in support of the director.
“There is little due process in the court of public opinion, James is likely not the last good person to be put on trial. Given the growing political divide in this country, it’s safe to say instances like this will continue, although we hope Americans from across the political spectrum can ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponizing mob mentality.
“It is our hope that what has transpired can serve as an example for all of us to realize the enormous responsibility we have to ourselves and to each other regarding the use of our written words when we etch them in digital stone.
“That we as a society may learn from this experience and in the future will think twice before we decide what we want to express, and in so learning perhaps can harness this capability to help and heal instead of hurting each other. Thank you for taking the time to read our words.”
Since then, James Gunn seems to have moved to DC Comics and is reportedly working on the Suicide Squad sequel as well as on other still unknown projects.