What more do you want from the sequel to “The Lego Movie?” How about intergalactic space horses voiced by Tiffany Haddish? Or maybe Chris Pratt voicing a new character, Rex Dangervest, “Galaxy defending archeologist, cowboy and raptor trainer” (sounds like a quick glance at Pratt’s filmography)? We even get to see his character tickle a raptor made out of legos. We bet you didn’t see that in “Jurassic World!”
Well, “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” is stacked with all of those missing pieces. The latest trailer for the film shows Emmet blasting off into space in order to rescue Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) after she’s captured by an invading alien named Sweet Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”).
“Emmet, did you draw stubble dots on your face,” Wyldstyle asks as Emmet tries to look tough like Dangervest.
Tiffany Haddish also joins the cast, voicing Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi, who can take different forms and manages to startle Will Arnett’s Batman in the process.
“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” is produced by the original’s directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Mike Mitchell and Trisha Gum took up the directing helm from a screenplay by Lord, Miller, Matthew Fogel and “BoJack Horseman” creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg.
The sequel to Warner Bros. animated hit opens Feb. 8, 2019. Watch the new trailer above.
Chris Pratt is in talks to star in Taylor Sheridan’s next directorial project, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Tentatively titled “Fast,” the film is being produced by David Heyman and will be Sheridan’s directorial follow-up to 2017’s “Wind River.” Before then, he served as a writer on “Sicario” and its sequel, as well as “Hell or High Water.”
The film will follow a former special forces commando who gets recruited by the DEA to target drug dealers. The catch: They are protected by the DEA.
Pratt most recently starred in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” as well as “Avengers: Infinity War.” The former grossed $1.3 billion at the box office, while the latter earned more than $2 billion globally. “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” has been postponed indefinitely after the firing of James Gunn, and Pratt’s other project, “Cowboy Ninja Viking,” was recently pulled off Universal’s release schedule.
Sheridan is represented by CAA, ID Public Relations and Elevate Management. Pratt is represented by Rise Management, UTA and Rogers & Cowan.
Variety first reported the news.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt told the AP that this is “not an easy time” to be Star-Lord. The actor was responding to a question about Disney firing James Gunn after some old, distasteful tweets of his were resurfaced.
“Well, I was a little shocked, like everybody,” Pratt said of the situation.
The man behind Peter Quill didn’t want to say too much more. “We put a lot of time, thought and effort into the statement that we released about it, and I think we all kind of want that statement to be essentially what we have to say about it,” Pratt added.
You can find that statement in full here.
“It’s not an easy time,” Pratt said. “We all love James and he’s a good friend of ours. We also really love playing the Guardians of the Galaxy — it’s a complicated situation for everybody.”
Watch the video above.
Gunn, the writer-director of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise, has apologized after a series of since-deleted tweets resurfaced in which the filmmaker made what he admitted were “offensive” jokes about taboo topics like rape and pedophilia.
While many of his former colleagues have shared support for their friend, former WWE Superstar Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in “Guardians,” has been the most vocal on Gunn’s side and against Disney.
Gunn frequently tweets about his opposition to President Donald Trump, and thus drew the ire of fans of the president such as right-wing provocateur Mike Cernovich, who began posting a series of old Gunn tweets.
Online sleuths then dug up dozens of old tweets of the sort Gunn admitted were “offensive,” many from between 2008 and 2011.
“Expendables is so manly I f-ed the s- out of the p-ssy boy next to me,” he wrote in one.
“The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!'” read a tweet from February 2009.
Fans have been speculating about all kinds of things about “Avengers: Infinity War” since the movie came out. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo and screenwriters Chris Markus and Steve McFeely layered their culmination of 10 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies with references that cut right back to the MCU’s beginnings, and there are plenty of clues about what the future might hold scattered within, too.
In the home video release for “Infinity War,” the Russos and Markus and McFeely give feature commentary to go with the movie, and they reveal all kinds of interesting things about the film — plus, they confirm a few fan theories about what’s going on in the movie that might give hints about the events of “Avengers 4.” Here are all the interesting, cool and cryptic things we learned from the director commentary on “Infinity War.”
Kenneth Branagh was the voice of the Asgardian distress call
“Infinity War” opens almost directly after “Thor: Ragnarok,” the MCU movie which takes chronologically right before it. That movie ended with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) leading his people away from a destroyed Asgard. “Infinity War” picks up with Thanos (Josh Brolin) attacking the Asgardian “ark” ship. We hear a distress signal from the Asgardian ship at the start of the movie. Turns out, the person calling for help is Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World” director Kenneth Branagh, or Sir Kenneth if you’re feeling especially British.
Thanos assaulting Xandar to get the Power Stone was in a previous draft of the script
Markus and McFeely discuss how they went through multiple iterations of the “Infinity War” script, because they were developing it even before other MCU movies — notably “Black Panther” and “Thor: Ragnarok” — were completed, or even written. That meant there were multiple versions of the script. In the finished version of “Infinity War,” Thanos gets the Power Stone, which was left in the care of the Nova Corps of the planet Xandar in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” off-screen — he has it when he attacks Thor and the Asgardians.
One version of the script included a huge battle where Thanos attacked Xandar, but it was cut because it was pretty much a foregone conclusion, McFeely and Markus said. They figured the audience wouldn’t need yet another battle in which Thanos emerged victorious with an Infinity Stone, especially because that battle wouldn’t add much to the characters or plot.
The most interesting part of this nugget, though, was that in that version of the story, Thanos and Gamora ran into each other during the battle on Xandar Meaning in that version the crucial “find Gamora and get her to take Thanos to the Soul Stone” part of the plan wouldn’t just have been the result of an odd coincidence.
The filmmakers confirm Doctor Strange has a secret plan
One scene that’s key to understanding the later events in “Infinity War” is when Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) uses the Time Stone to look at “alternate futures,” the possible outcomes of the battle with Thanos. In that scene, Strange says he sees only one outcome out of 14 million in which the heroes defeat Thanos. Not much more is said after that, but the implication is that his actions from that point, including surrendering the Time Stone to Thanos to save the life of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), are all part of the sequence of events that need to happen to create that victorious future.
During the commentary, the filmmakers talk about Doctor Strange’s character and what he knows at several points, and more than once the Russos and the screenwriters confirm that Doctor Strange knows a lot more than he’s letting on — the term “ominous prophecy” comes up during that scene. While they’re cryptic about it, they’re still strongly implying that everything that happened on Titan, at least, was part of Strange’s plan based on his vision.
Read more about Doctor Strange’s big plan here.
Hulk isn’t scared of Thanos, he’s tired of bailing out Banner
The “Infinity War” arc for Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and his alter-ego, the Incredible Hulk, is that Banner can’t summon the Hulk to help fight Thanos’ lieutenants, the Black Order, when they attack Earth. Hulk starts the movie by getting absolutely thrashed by Thanos, and after that, every time Banner tries to get the Hulk to come out and fight, he refuses.
The Russos put to bed the idea that Hulk refused to come out to fight the Black Order because he was afraid of Thanos after his definitive defeat. Instead, the issue is more of a culmination of Hulk and Banner’s ongoing issues — the two sides of the same person hate each other and are constantly battling for control of their shared body. Hulk resents the fact that Banner only wants him around when he needs to smash things. In the movie, Banner is forced to deal with his own problems, rather than continually rely on Hulk.
They blew on Tom Holland’s ear to make his hair stand up (not really)
When Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is introduced during the Black Order’s attack on New York, his hair stands up — visual representation of his “spider-sense” that helps Peter detect and avoid danger. In the commentary, the Russos joke that to get Tom’s hair to stand up, they just “blew gently on his ear.” They reference the fact that they made same joke during an “Anatomy of the Scene” video for the New York Times, but don’t reveal how the effect is really achieved in “Infinity War.” Turns out, it’s just CGI.
Even the filmmakers don’t really know how much time passes over the course of the movie
During the scene when Peter Parker sneaks aboard the Q ship, the Russos and the screenwriters took some guesses at just how much time passes between Thanos’ arrival and the snap at the end of the movie. They didn’t have a firm answer, putting it probably about two days, at the outside. They’re just like us!
Thanos’ plan isn’t a plot hole, it’s a character thing
The filmmakers spent a lot of time talking about the inner and emotional life of Thanos, especially in terms of his relationship with his adopted daughter, Gamora (Zoe Saldana). During the scene on Knowhere, in which Thanos uses the Reality Stone to trick Gamora into thinking she killed him, they talk about how messed up Thanos is — because even though he’s manipulative and abusive, he thinks he’s been good to Gamora.
That led to a discussion of Thanos’ overall plan, and a “plot hole” a lot of people have brought up since the movie was released: If Thanos can use the near-limitless power of the Infinity Stones, instead of killing half of all life in the universe (which he says is to stop the suffering and death created by too many people competing for not enough resources), why not just double all the resources in the galaxy?
Well, apparently that wasn’t a permanent enough solution for ole Thanos, an egotistical maniac with a messiah complex who is on a quest to save the universe his way and no one is going to be able to convince him his plan sucks.
Here’s a bit more about how Thanos’ plan was actually logical — by his own insane standards.
And why not just use the Reality Stone if it can, like, alter reality?
While discussing Thanos’ use of the Reality Stone to trick Gamora, the Russos also brought up a time when a fan questioned why Thanos couldn’t just use the Reality Stone to enact his plan, since it seems to alter the physical makeup of reality. We see it turn real objects to bubbles and people into ribbons or rocks; why bother gathering all six Infinity Stones if this one is so cool? The answer is that, really, the Reality Stone just doesn’t have enough power. The filmmakers also mentioned that while the Reality Stone seems to have an incredible amount of power, it’s mostly illusory. When it turns Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) into rocks and ribbons, respectively, the effect doesn’t last because it’s more of a short-term trick.
The movie’s inciting incident is Thanos finding out about the Soul Stone
One question that lingers in “Infinity War” is why Thanos hasn’t gotten around to grabbing up all the Infinity Stones before now. In the past, we’ve seen him try to gather them using intermediaries — he sent Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to conquer Earth and steal the Tesseract for him in “The Avengers,” which contained the Space Stone, and he dispatched Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) to get the Power Stone in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” But why did it take Thanos so long to go on his all-out campaign to get the stones? According to Markus and McFeely, the game-changer was when Thanos found out that Gamora knew the location of the Soul Stone.
The Soul Stone was the only Infinity Stone that was never teased in the MCU before “Infinity War,” and in the movie, Thanos reveals that he tortured Nebula (Karen Gillan) and found out that Gamora knew of the stone’s location. The screenwriters say that it was that knowledge that turned the tide for Thanos; he previously used agents to go after the stones because he didn’t want to tip off the universe to his genocidal plan and have everyone array against him. When he found out that Gamora could lead him to the Soul Stone, he kicked off his campaign to get the other stones in earnest, creating the events of the movie.
Read more about why Thanos took so long to strike here.
Markus and McFeely had ‘a fetish’ about bringing back Red Skull
The idea to make Red Skull (Ross Marquand) the guide to the Soul Stone on Vormir served a purpose for the script, but it also fulfilled a longtime wish for the movie’s writers. The pair have written all three of the “Captain America” movies, and really wanted to bring the Red Skull, who was the villain in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” back to the MCU. Vormir gave them that opportunity, since they said they needed a reliable guide to the Soul Stone whose information audiences would believe immediately.
As an added bonus, go back and rewatch “The First Avenger” to see for yourself how well Red Skull’s appearance in “Infinity War” is supported by his fate in the earlier film.
The Wakandans’ chants on the battlefield were ad-libs
Portions of “Infinity War” and “Black Panther” were being made simultaneously, which meant that Joe and Anthony Russo didn’t know a lot of the ins and outs of Wakanda. The decision to set the third act of “Infinity War” in the country was made before “Black Panther” was released to critical and audience acclaim. When the “Black Panther” actors showed up for their big battle scene, though, they already knew their characters — so the powerful Wakandan chants led by M’Baku (Winston Duke) and T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) were ad-libs by the actors.
The Russos say Shuri is the smartest person in the MCU
It’s not too big of a tease for the future that the “Infinity War” directors consider Shuri (Letitia Wright) the MCU’s smartest super-genius, especially since it’s the reason the heroes bring Vision (Paul Bettany) to Wakanda to get the Mind Stone removed from his head. But with some fans speculating that Shuri could be the successor to Tony Stark and Iron Man in the future of the MCU, it could be loaded comment.
Rocket’s quip about ‘space dogs’ came from a focus group
The Black Order uses an army of multi-limbed alien lizards to attack Wakanda’s energy shield, and the heroes have to fight a horde of the beasts. After the Russos showed the movie to an early test group, one person described those aliens as “space dogs.” The directors said they thought the description was funny enough to turn it into a line for Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), which he uses while firing away at the creatures alongside Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), shouting, “Come and get some, space dogs!”
Star-Lord’s joke about his plan for catching Thanos was an ad-lib
On Titan, when the Guardians of the Galaxy, Tony Stark, Peter Parker and Doctor Strange manage to tie up Thanos, they very nearly get the Infinity Gauntlet off his hand. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) rockets over a few seconds later, as everyone struggles to keep Thanos tied up, and says, “I thought you’d be hard to catch — for the record, this is my plan.” The joke about the plan was an ad-lib by Pratt.
Speaking of the Guardians, read more about the deleted “Infinity War” scene that definitely should have been in the movie.
There was a draft of the script in which Captain America didn’t show up until Wakanda
Markus and McFeely wanted the arrival of Captain America (Chris Evans) to carry a huge amount of weight, coming after the character’s two years of exile following the events of “Captain America: Civil War.” They achieved that with Cap’s entrance in the Edinburgh scene, alongside Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), but in some of the other drafts of the script, the screenwriters wanted to push the entrance even farther. One draft, they said, had Cap’s first appearance being in Wakanda, when he rockets out of the trees to save Vision’s life as he grapples with bad guy Corvus Glaive (James Michael Shaw). The screenwriters say they were told holding Cap back for that long would be a huge mistake — and then, after thinking about it, decided those people were absolutely right.
Captain America’s big character arc is in ‘Avengers 4’
Grappling with so many characters in one movie was tough, which left Captain America without much character development in “Infinity War.” The screenwriters said that, since they knew “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers 4” would be two parts of the same story all along, they were able to leave the bulk of Cap’s personal story to the second part. During the commentary, the filmmakers mentioned that Cap has “a big story” in “Avengers 4.”
That orange place Thanos goes at the snap is, in fact, the Soul World
Speculation has run rampant about the nature of the Soul Stone, which, in the comics, contains a whole world where the souls of people killed by the stone are trapped and reside. Fans have figured that the orange place where Thanos winds up briefly after he achieves the snap, where he meets a young Gamora, was the Soul World. In the commentary, the Russos said, “Of course it’s the Soul World,” which likely means the place will have a big part to play in “Avengers 4.”
There’s an actual story reason why Spider-Man took longer to die than everyone else
Most of the characters who fell victim to Thanos’ cosmic finger snap turned to dust in a second or two, but Peter Parker managed to hold out for nearly 30 seconds after uttering his much-memed “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good” line. Apparently, according to Joe Russo, they decided when they filmed the scene that they wanted to draw it out a bit to increase the emotional impact of the whole thing, and they justified it by telling Tom Holland that “you’re using your strength as Spider-Man to fight this.” Which is a fascinating, and believable, bit of lore that they apparently came up with on the fly.
Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet were permanently damaged by the snap
When Thanos snaps his fingers at the end of “Infinity War” and gets his wish, a huge amount of energy is expelled, and the Gauntlet and Thanos’ arm are singed by it. In fact, the snap looks like it hurts Thanos pretty badly. The Russos confirmed in the commentary what they’ve said before: using the Gauntlet took a toll on Thanos. What’s interesting is that the filmmakers used the word “permanently” to describe the damage done to both the Mad Titan and his weapon. Sounds like that could have implications for Thanos and the Gauntlet in the future, and maybe, how they can be beaten.
Also, imagine if Thanos is dead at the beginning of “Avengers 4,” having succumbed to that gaping chest wound. Hoo boy.
The final shot of Thanos contains a comic Easter Egg
Eagle-eyed fans will notice that when Thanos comes out of his hut on the unnamed planet at the end of “Infinity War” after achieving his goal, there’s a figure in the bottom-right corner of the frame. It’s a scarecrow, one made out of Thanos’ armor from the beginning of the movie. That’s a nod to the Marvel comics, in which, after the “Infinity Gauntlet” storyline, Thanos leaves the life of villainy to become a farmer, and uses his armor to make a scarecrow in his field.
(Note: This post contains spoilers for “Avengers: Infinity War.” Read on at your own risk.)
The Guardians of the Galaxy bring some much-needed levity to “Avengers: Infinity War,” which is famously packed with total gut-punch moments. But one of the movie’s funniest “Guardians” scenes isn’t actually in the movie — it’s a deleted scene included in the “Infinity War” home video release.
The deleted scene features Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff), and takes place shortly after the scene on Knowhere, when Thanos (Josh Brolin) captured Gamora (Zoe Saldana). That was the moment Peter was prevented from killing Gamora like she asked him to, because Thanos used the Reality Infinity Stone to turn his laser into bubbles.
If you’ve seen the film, then you know that Thanos takes Gamora to his fleet where it’s revealed that he has captured and is torturing her sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan), in order to force Gamora to reveal the location of the Soul Infinity Stone. And after Thanos and Gamora leave, Nebula escapes from captivity and sends a message to the Guardians that they need to head to Thanos’ homeworld, Titan.
Now, in the final cut, the scene jumps directly from Nebula sending the message, to Tony Stark, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man as they crash-land on Titan, where they soon encounter the Guardians. But in the deleted scene, we actually see what the Guardians were up to when Nebula sent that message to them.
First, we find Quill, Drax and Mantis aboard their ship, the Benatar, where Quill is listening to Kiss’s “New York Groove” and feeling sorry for himself. Drax storms in and turns off the song, trying to shake Quill out of his funk, prompting Peter to insist he’s trying to get his groove back, “specifically a New York groove.” Drax tells Quill the song’s singer, Ace Frehley, is a degenerate — and then points out that the ship still hasn’t even left Knowhere yet. Cut to a very funny exterior shot of the Benatar sitting on a landing pad, surrounded by the still-smoldering devastation caused when Thanos destroyed Knowhere.
As Quill and Drax fight over who should have killed whom to stop Thanos, Mantis pipes in, saying that she’d kill both of them if it would make the strange yellow light that’s mesmerizing her go away. Quill stalks over and finds that the yellow light is the indicator for when the ship has received a super secret important coded message. Quill blames Drax, whose job it is to keep an eye on the coded message light.
“You said if it’s yellow, let it mellow — if it’s brown, flush it down,” Drax insists. “Those were your orders!”
Quill quickly starts looking through the 23 messages, realizing they’re from Nebula and that she’s told them to head for Titan — something he wishes he’d known five hours ago, while he was sitting listening to Kiss.
As Quill starts to track down the coordinates, he asks Mantis to confirm that Nebula was the person who sent the messages.
“Tell Quill not lose my sister a second time or I’ll sew his face to his genitals,” Mantis replies, reading one message.
“That’s her,” Quill confirms. “She’s always wanted to sew my face to my genitals.”
The scene isn’t strictly necessary of course. The final cut of “Infinity War” is an extremely well-oiled and well-plotted machine. And we’ll concede that just seeing Nebula send her message is enough to show the audience that the Guardians have a reason to head to Titan. Plus, Drax’s excellent “Why is Gamora” line is laughs aplenty.
But Drax and Quill’s argument is not only a great moment in its own right, it also further establishes the Guardians’ investment in what happens later. Yes, nerds, Peter did in fact act extremely in-character and in a way justified by the events of the film when his later freak out inadvertently helps Thanos win. But the scene further establishes just why he was so off his game.
Beyond that though, it’s just hilarious, and it’d be worth releasing an extended version of “Infinity War” just to put the scene back in — if only to give us an additional big laugh before Thanos snaps his fingers.
“Quantico” star Priyanka Chopra is in talks to join the cast of Universal Pictures’ “Cowboy Ninja Viking.”
The film, based on the 2009 Image Comics graphic novel by AJ Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo, is a hard-edged actioner starring Chris Pratt as a new kind of assassin who manifests the toughest skills of three different personas: Cowboy, Ninja, and Viking.
The studio did not indicate what Chopra’s role would be.
Michelle MacLaren (“Game of Thrones,” “West World,” “The Walking Dead”) is directing “Cowboy Ninja Viking” from a script by Dan Mazeau (“Wrath of the Titans”) and Ryan Engle (“The Commuter” and “Rampage”).
An earlier draft of the screenplay was written by Craig Mazin (“Identity Thief” and “The Hangover II”), with an original draft by “Zombieland” writers Paul Wernick and Everett David Reese.
“Cowboy Ninja Viking” is slated for theatrical release June 28, 2019.
Entertainment 360 (Steve Jobs), the production arm of Management 360, Mark Gordon (Molly’s Game, Murder on the Orient Express) via Entertainment One, Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips, The Social Network) for Michael De Luca Productions, and Chris Pratt will produce.
Vice President of Production Sara Scott will oversee production on behalf of Universal.
Chopra is represented by WME.
Following brief reactions from Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana last week, the entire main cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy” has banded together to release an open letter supporting their director, James Gunn. Disney severed all ties with Gunn on July 20 after a series of controversial jokes the director made on Twitter several years ago resurfaced online. Gunn directed the first two “Guardians” movies and was writing and directing “Vol. 3,” set for release in 2020.
“We fully support James Gunn,” the open letter states. “We were all shocked by his abrupt firing last week and have intentionally waited these ten days to respond in order to think, pray, listen, and discuss. In that time, we’ve been encouraged by the outpouring of support from fans and members of the media who wish to see James reinstated as director of ‘Volume 3’ as well as discouraged by those so easily duped into believing the many outlandish conspiracy theories surrounding him.”
The letter is signed by Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, and Karen Gillan. The cast says it does not defend the jokes Gunn made years ago, but every actor believes in redemption, which is one of the primary themes of the “Guardians” franchise.
“His story isn’t over — not by a long shot,” the statement says about Gunn. “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.”
Disney has not yet announced how the “Guardians” franchise will continue with “Vol. 3” now that Gunn is no longer behind the camera. There has been a groundswell of support from Marvel fans to rehire Gunn, and the cast’s open letter makes it clear they agree with the sentiment.
You can read the full open letter from the “Guardians” cast in the post below.
If you please, read the statement written and signed by The Guardians of the Galaxy cast in support of James Gunn’s reinstatement as director of GOTG Volume 3. pic.twitter.com/TjNA9RF6M8
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) July 30, 2018
The entire cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy” has signed a letter supporting recently fired director James Gunn and calling for Disney and Marvel Studios to reinstate him as the director of the upcoming third installment of the series.
The letter was posted on the social media accounts of several of the cast members, and can be read in full below.
“Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man,” wrote Star-Lord actor Chris Pratt in his post. “I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3.”
Disney severed ties with Gunn after alt-right provocateur Mike Cernovich posted old tweets made by Gunn prior to joining Marvel Studios in which he made crude jokes about rape and pedophilia. In a statement, Gunn apologized for the tweets and said he accepted Disney’s decision.
While most members of the cast have not spoken publicly about the firing until this statement, star Dave Bautista has fired out several angry tweets condemning Gunn’s dismissal as a “cyber nazi attack that succeeded.”
Gunn’s brother Sean, who also performs in the film series, said that working on the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films changed Gunn, and that the films’ central theme of redemption and becoming a better person was a deeply personal one for the filmmaker.
The statement released by the cast echoed those sentiments, saying that Gunn’s behavior since his firing has been “consistent with the man he was every day on set.”
“In casting each of us to help him tell the story of misfits who find redemption, he changed our lives forever,” the letter reads. “We believe the theme of redemption has never been more relevant than now.”
Gunn has also received support from actress Selma Blair, who on Sunday deleted her Twitter account in support of Gunn. Prior to leaving Twitter, Blair called on the movie industry to rally behind Gunn, saying that he was one of the men who encouraged her to speak to Vanity Fair for a story about James Toback’s alleged history of sexual abuse.
“If people are punished despite changing, then what does that teach people about owning mistakes and evolving?” asked Blair in a tweet. “This man is one of the good ones.”
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is currently slated for release in 2020.
Last week, Disney fired Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn over a series of tasteless jokes he posted on his Twitter years ago. People were understandably upset. It was well-known that the spread of these tweets and the ensuing campaign to get Gunn fired were orchestrated by conservative trolls,…
“Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Michael Rooker have weighed in on the firing of the franchise’s director James Gunn.
On Sunday, Pratt quoted a Bible verse from the Epistle of James in the New Testament: “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
Saldana, who like Pratt doesn’t mention Gunn by name in her tweet, wrote, “It’s been a challenging weekend I’m not gonna lie. I’m pausing myself to take everything in before I speak out of term. I just want everyone to know I love ALL members of my GOTG family. Always will.”
Rooker, who played outlaw Yondu Udonta in the first two films of the franchise, said he would be quitting Twitter “over the ongoing bulls—,” but would remain on Instagram for the foreseeable future.
“This account will be inactive after today. We’re very tired & upset over the ongoing BULLS—… neither I nor my rep will use Twitter again,” he wrote on Sunday. “Twitter sucks and I want nothing to do with it. Thank you to all who gave kind words & support. See you on Instagram.”
Dave Bautista has been defending the filmmaker since Disney announced it would be severing ties with Gunn on Friday. He wrote that day that Gunn is “one of the most loving,caring,good natured people I have ever met.” But on Sunday, his tweets were far more heated, saying that Gunn’s removal had much bigger implications than just the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“What will you do when the
#cybernazis attack you?” asked Bautista in a tweet on Sunday. “Who will stand by you? Who will cowardly distance themselves from you? Who will punish you for horrible JOKES in the past instead of defending you for INSPIRING millions? MILLIONS!!!”
Sean Gunn defended his “brother James” on Saturday, writing that working on the “Guardians” films changed the director into being a “more open-hearted than the guy who needed to get a rise out of people by making nasty or offensive jokes.”
Lastly, Karen Gillan chimed in, telling her followers on Sunday saying that she sends “love to every single member of my GOTG family.”
Gunn, who has reportedly finished the script for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” was removed from the project after alt-right provocateur Mike Cernovich dug up tweets from him prior to joining Disney. They were soon picked up by conservative media and led to Disney studio chairman Alan Horn announcing his dismissal.
See tweets from the “Guardians” cast below.
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) July 22, 2018
It’s been a challenging weekend I’m not gonna lie. I’m pausing myself to take everything in before I speak out of term. I just want everyone to know I love ALL members of my GOTG family. Always will.
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) July 22, 2018
This account will be inactive after today. We're very tired & upset over the ongoing BULLSHIT… neither I nor my rep will use Twitter again. Twitter sucks and I want nothing to do with it.
Thank you to all who gave kind words & support. See you on Instagram.
- MR pic.twitter.com/uAyIOPoAle
— MichaelRookerOnline (@RookerOnline) July 22, 2018
I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this..@JamesGunn is one of the most loving,caring,good natured people I have ever met. He’s gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals. He’s made mistakes. We all have. Im NOT ok with what’s happening to him
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 21, 2018
What will you do when the #cybernazis attack you? Who will stand by you? Who will cowardly distance themselves from you? Who will punish you for horrible JOKES in the past instead of defending you for INSPIRING millions? MILLIONS!!! #Redemption #injustice @JamesGunn
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 22, 2018
What happened here is so much bigger then G3, @JamesGunn ,myself,@Disney etc. This was a #cybernazi attack that succeeded. Unless we start to unite together against this crap, whether people are offended are not! …it’s going to get much worse. And it can happen to anyone https://t.co/AMZEd0tfqb
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 22, 2018
Love to every single member of my GOTG family.
— Karen Gillan (@karengillan) July 23, 2018
It goes without saying that I love and support my brother James and I’m quite proud of how kind, generous, and compassionate he is with all the people in his life. Since he was a kid, it was clear he had a desire (maybe destiny) to be an artist, tell stories, find his voice through comics, films, his band. The struggle to find that voice was sometimes clunky, misguided, or downright stupid, and sometimes wonderful, moving, and hilarious. Since devoting his entire life to the Guardians movies and MCU six years ago, I’ve seen him channel that voice into his work and seen him transform from the guy who made up things to shock people. I saw firsthand as he went from worrying about “softening his edge” for a larger audience to realizing that this “edge” wasn’t as useful of a tool as he thought it was. That his gift for storytelling was something better. I saw that he was more open-hearted than the guy who thought he needed to get a rise out of people by making nasty or offensive jokes (or whatever you choose to call them—I don’t think his bluer material was ever his funniest and neither does Mom). And the best part is, this change in my brother was reflected in the change that the Guardians go through. I’ve heard my brother say many times that when Quill rallies the team with “this is our chance to give a shit”—to care—that it’s the pep talk he himself needed to hear. It’s part of what made working on the Guardians movies such a rewarding experience for the cast. We managed to find ourselves involved in a big-budget superhero movie that was, at its core, deeply personal. That’s a gift. And that’s why it’s good. This isn’t new information, by the way. It’s all stuff that James has explained many times in interviews, in more detail and more eloquently. It’s not some new spin. It’s always been part of this story. So I guess my hope is that fans continue to watch and appreciate the Guardians movies, not despite the fact that the filmmaker used to be kind of a jackass, but because of it. They are, after all, movies about discovering your best self. Working on those movies made my brother a better person, and they made me one too. I’ll always be proud of that. Peace.
Reactions from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast have been flooding in regarding the firing of filmmaker James Gunn last week, and star Chris Pratt seemed to weigh in by quoting a Bible verse on Sunday.
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters,” he wrote on Twitter, quoting from the Epistle of James in the New Testament. “Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
While Pratt doesn’t mention Gunn by name, the tweet comes just two days after Disney fired the director for jokes he had made years ago on Twitter about subjects such as rape and pedophilia. Gunn apologized for the tweets of nearly a decade ago, but that didn’t stop Twitter users from dredging up the questionable and controversial jokes the director had made and brought them to Disney’s attention.
The anti-Gunn push was started by right-wing Twitter figure Mike Cernovich, who came to prominence helping drive Twitter campaigns such as #PizzaGate, the conspiracy theory that posited Democrats were running a child sex slavery ring out of a pizza parlor, and GamerGate, which mostly harassed women in the video games and media industries.
There has since been a Change.org petition, which at the time of publication had over 175,000 signatures, asking Disney to reinstate Gunn as the director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” which is slated for a 2020 release.
While Gunn was never officially announced as the director for the film, it was all but expected that he would helm the film as he was the writer-director for the first two “Guardians” films and is widely considered to be one of the main creative forces behind the interstellar side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
See Pratt’s tweet below.
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) July 22, 2018