By JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter
The highly successful “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise, featuring a lead role by Palisadian Bradley Cooper, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in pre-production for the third film in the series—which also marks what is anticipated to be the final film with the current cast, according to recent reports.
Director James Gunn announced via an Instagram Q&A the next film in the series would likely be his last.
Gunn shared that he only ever envisioned doing a trilogy and to “expand beyond that would betray his original vision for the project,” according to a report by Game Rant.
The action-adventure comedy series is based on a group of intergalactic criminals who had to pull together to save the universe not once, but twice in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1” (2014) and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017).
The series combines CGI characters, such as Rocket Raccoon voiced by Cooper, and human characters such as the lead Chris Pratt, who stars as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord—both of which may be leaving the franchise.
Also anticipated to depart after the trilogy is completed is Palisadian and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, a producer on the series.
The third film will allegedly reveal more about the mouthy weapon-slinging Rocket Raccoon than the audience has seen before.
COVID-19 has not interrupted the plans for filming “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” according to director Gunn in Variety, and the film is slated to begin filming sometime this year and be released in 2021.
Cooper, 45, has been nominated for eight Oscars and won numerous awards. He is known for “A Star is Born” and “The Hangover,” among many others.
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