Chris Pratt starts work on 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2'

The sequel is slated for release in 2017.
By Annie Martin  |  Feb. 3, 2016 at 11:38 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Chris Pratt is gearing up for Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

The 36-year-old actor started work on the highly-anticipated sequel with director James Gunn and co-stars Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Sean Gunn this week.

James Gunn shared a photo of the group Monday on Instagram, writing, "Using Bautista as an example of good acting during rehearsals for #GotGVol2." Saldana added, "#weareback #GOTG #guardiansofthegalaxy" to her own post.

Saldana, who plays green-skinned Gamora in the movies, also joked, "It's officially 'face and body art day' for the next 5 months." The actress previously revealed her full-body makeup takes an hour and 15 minutes to remove each day.

Guardians of the Galaxy opened in 2014 and earned $774 million at the box office. Pratt will reprise Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, in the sequel, with Bautista as Drax and Sean Gunn as Kraglin. Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper will also return as Groot and Rocket.

"I will say that [James Gunn's] pitch and his idea legitimately put tears in my eyes," Pratt told Digital Spy in June. "It is so good. I cannot wait to get started on it and I cannot wait for people to see what he's going to pull off with the second movie."

"It's so, so big and so good," he added. "From what I understand, they heard it at Marvel and they said nothing. They're like, 'Perfect.' There was no micromanaging of the idea, they just loved it so much and didn't even have a note for it. It's going to be remarkable."

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Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, James Gunn, Dave Bautista and Sean Gunn (L-R) rehearse for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." Photo by James Gunn/Instagram

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in theaters May 5, 2017. Kurt Russell is expected to join the series as Star-Lord's dad, with Pom Klementieff in an unspecified role.

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