Chris Pratt – aka Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy films – has shared two behind the scenes photos from the set of Guardians 2. One is of Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan and Pom Klementieff in full costume as Yondu, Nebula and newcomer Mantis respectively – the three new additions to the Guardians team. The other is of Dave Bautista as Drax.
In the picture, which Pratt posted on Instagram, Bautista is seen in full Drax body make up, with a jacket covering his shoulders. He’s holding a drink can in one hand and the head of a baby doll in the other and is standing in a car park with trailers behind him.
Pratt says he doesn’t remember why Bautista was holding the baby doll, and presumably doesn’t recall where it came from, either. It doesn’t look like it could be a prop but who knows? Or could it be a stand in for, say, Baby Groot? Look out for it when you watch the film, anyway, which is just weeks away from release. We’re kind of joking but with director James Gunn, anything is possible.
Nebula is On Hand
Pratt posted the group shot, meanwhile, on both Facebook and Instagram, with a caption saying that Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan are “back, bigger and badder than ever” while Pom Klementieff “absolutely crushes”.
The three actors are pictured during a break in filming, sitting on directors’ chairs in front of a black screen. Gillan is holding a can of drink in her right hand – which is blue, while her left hand is un-made up and without prosthetics.
Nebula, of course, lost her cybernetic hand in Guardians of the Galaxy, and in Guardians 2, it has been replaced with a three-pronged metallic appendage, which you don’t see in Pratt’s photo – it’s presumably computer generated. Rooker and Klementieff, meanwhile, are both holding their mobile phones.
An Important Relationship
In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Yondu who pursued Pratt’s Peter Quill in search of the orb he was in possession of, joins up with the team in a new adventure as they attempt to save the universe for a second time. Yondu raised Quill as a boy so it will be interesting to see the three-way relationship play out as we’re introduced to Quill’s real father, Ego the Living Planet, who also appears in Guardians 2. The character is played by Kurt Russell.
Mantis, meanwhile, has spent her life with Ego, according to Pom Klementieff who revealed this tidbit in an interview with Mashable. She is also socially awkward. Russell recently spoke about his character’s relationship with Mantis and intimated that her relationship to him is “an important one” but wouldn’t expand.
All will be revealed in a matter of weeks, and we can’t wait.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ hits UK cinemas on April 28 and US screens on May 5.