James Gunn dropped the first official image of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 earlier today, February 17, revealing the entire cast -- including very tiny Groot. This means Guardians breakout star Baby Groot is still very much a sapling in at least part of Vol. 2.
If you're picturing Vin Diesel's slow growl coming out of Baby Groot's adorable body, you are not alone.
Production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 actually started over a week ago -- the cast and crew have been posting behind-the-scenes shots from the set -- but Marvel and Disney officially announced the start of production this morning. Gunn also confirmed a few additions to the cast, including Kurt Russell (long-rumored to be playing Star-Lord's father in the sequel), Elizabeth Debicki (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Chris Sullivan (The Knick), and Pom Klementieff (who Gunn confirmed is playing half-Vietnamese, half-German superhero Mantis in Vol. 2).
Russell, Debicki, Klementieff, and Sullivan join returning cast members Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, Glenn Close, and Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket.
While Gunn is keeping mum on the nature of Russell's role in the film, he did tell a curious fan that "there is no J'Son in the MCU (unless, in the future, that’s the name Moon Kinght's stoner neighbor gives himself)." J'son, also known as Jason of Spartax, is Peter Quill's father in the comics, so either Gunn is going off-book, or rumors of Star-Lord's dad have been greatly exaggerated.
Of course, Gunn could also be referring to the literal spelling of J'son, which to be completely honest, is lame as hell.
Isn't that right, Baby Groot?
That being said, we know Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is going to be about dads because Gunn himself confirmed it back in June. "It's going to be exciting. I think it’s a more emotional movie," Gunn told Collider. "I think it’s both a bigger movie and a smaller movie because we focus more intensely on some of the characters. We get to learn a lot about fathers in the second movie."
The script even made franchise star Pratt tear up. Last year, Pratt told MTV News, "There’s this thing going around about how I cried after reading the draft... the truth is I cried just after hearing the pitch."
Be honest, Pratt: Did you cry just imagining Diesel's voice coming out of Baby Groot's tiny, adorable body? Because we sure did.