Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Cast and Teaser Image Revealed!

Marvel Studios has begun principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is slated to hit U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017. The production will shoot at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios.

The film is written and directed by James Gunn (Guardians of the GalaxySlither). The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cast includes the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic WorldGuardians of the Galaxy) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the GalaxyStar Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (SPECTREGuardians of the Galaxy) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Guardians of the GalaxyFurious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (JoyAmerican Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Guardians of the GalaxyJumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (Guardians of the GalaxyThe Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, “Gilmore Girls”) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), who plays Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great GatsbyEverest), Chris Sullivan (“The Knick,” The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful EightFurious 7).

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Director James Gunn’s creative team also includes director of photography Henry Braham (The Legend of TarzanThe Golden Compass); production designer Scott Chambliss (Star TrekTomorrowland); editors Fred Raskin (The Hateful EightGuardians of the Galaxy) and Craig Wood (Guardians of the GalaxyPirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End); three time Oscar-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (Captain America: Civil WarHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone); Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Chris Townsend (Avengers: Age of UltronIron Man 3); stunt coordinator Tommy Harper (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesCaptain America: The Winter Soldier); co-producer / first assistant director Lars Winther (Captain America: Civil WarCaptain America: The Winter Soldier); and six-time Oscar nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (Captain America: Civil WarThe Avengers).

The original Guardians of the Galaxy was a hit with critics and audiences alike, earning over $770 million at the worldwide box-office, and holds the record as the most successful debut film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition, the film’s soundtrack went platinum and was nominated for a Grammy.

Based on the Marvel comic characters first published in 1969, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Iron ManThe Incredible HulkIron Man 2ThorCaptain America: The First AvengerThe AvengersIron Man 3Thor: The Dark WorldCaptain America: The Winter SoldierGuardians of the GalaxyAvengers: Age of UltronAnt-Man, and the upcoming release schedule, which includes Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange, November 4, 2016; Spider-Man, July 7, 2017; and Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017.

Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success in 2015 with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. At the time of release, the film recorded the second-biggest opening weekend of all time with a $191.3 million box office. It has also been the #1 release in every country where it has opened and has grossed over $1.4 billion in global box office. The studio also successfully launched another franchise with Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly. The film opened #1 at the box office on July 17 and went on to gross more than $519 million at the worldwide box office. The film propelled the Marvel brands’ #1 domestic box-office opening streak to a record-breaking 12 consecutive films.