‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 3’: James Gunn Announces ‘Peacemaker’ Actor Chukwudi Iwuji For Mystery Role

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3 is finally moving forward at Marvel Studios with James Gunn rehired and already securing British actor Will Poulter (Midsommar) as Adam Warlock, a role that will likely continue beyond the Guardian franchise as Marvel expands the cosmic side of the MCU.

James Gunn has announced on Twitter that they’ve officially started shooting and posted an image of the cast revealing that Nigerian-British actor Chukwudi Iwuji (John Wick: Chapter 2, Peacemaker) has joined the third installment in a mystery role. Mentioning that the role is something that “every big name actor in Hollywood wanted.”

It’s unknown if that is a joke or if the role is actually that large.

Fans are already making wild speculation about what the role could such as The High Evolutionary, Nova (Richard Rider?), and even more outlandish Norrin Radd/The Silver Surfer. However, none of these roles are confirmed despite James Gunn once writing a Silver Surfer movie for 20th Century Fox during his early screenwriting days.

The returning cast will be Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Dave Bautista as Drax, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, and Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot. 

Dave Bautista has said multiple times in interviews this will be the last time playing Drax The Destroyer, which could be telegraphing that Gunn might end up killing off the character to potentially stop Marvel from recasting the role with another actor. He’s been disillusioned by the Drax part as it hasn’t really gone into his comic book roots.

Its crew is expected to include production designer Beth Mickle (The Suicide Squad, Drive), cinematographer Henry Braham (The Suicide Squad), the visual effects supervisor will be Stephane Ceretti (Eternals, Guardians of The Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man & The Wasp), and will have Hawkeye stunt coordinator Heidi Moneymaker crafting the film’s action sequences.

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3 has a release date of May 5, 2023


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