Bautista Refuses to Appear in Guardians 3 Unless Gunn’s Script is Used

Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has been very vocal about his support for recently removed director James Gunn and has revealed he will not be returning to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 if the studio  refuses to use James Gunn’s original script for the film.

“Nobody’s defending his tweets, but this was a smear campaign on a good man, I spoke to Chris Pratt the day after it happened and he’s a bit religious so he wanted time to pray and figure it out, but I was more like: f*ck this. This is bullsh*t. James is one of the kindest, most decent people I’ve met.”  Bautista said in an interview with Short List“Where I’m at right now is that if [Marvel] don’t use that script, then I’m going to ask them to release me from my contract, cut me out or recast me.”

Bautista added that being on the film without Gunn will be a “disservice” to the former director.

Back in July, Walt Disney Studios dismissed Gunn from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 due to Gunn’s past controversial tweets. Despite this, the Guardians of the Galaxy’s main cast including Bautista, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn still supported him and asked for Disney to reinstate Gunn as the film’s director.

Earlier this year, director James Gunn revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would be released in 2020. Filming was scheduled to start this Fall in Atlanta, but it is unknown if the film will keep to this schedule. The third Guardians film was meant to be the final outing for the original team lineup, and set up future films in the cosmic arena of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Keep checking back to for more developments in the fate of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.