Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has said nothing would have made him happier than having the late David Bowie appear in the sequel.
The ‘Space Oddity’ singer – who was known for his outstanding cameos – was apparently considering joining Star-Lord’s band of intergalactic misfits.
“I told him nothing in the world would make me happier, but I heard from common friends he wasn’t doing well. We heard back that he was okay and it could potentially happen. Who knows what that was about?”
“Bowie was an idol of mine, huge and omnipresent. Few artists in any field have had as an indelible impression upon me as he has. To my mind, Ziggy Stardust is perhaps the greatest rock and roll album of all time.
“We featured “Moonage Daydream” in Guardians, but I always thought the album’s character was felt far beyond that, in the aesthetics, in the integral and seemingly-natural linking in popular culture of ’70’s rock and space opera. I’ve been trying to work another song from Ziggy into the sequel, which would make Bowie the only artist to have a song on both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. I thought this was fair and appropriate. Although I cut the scene it was used in from the script, we have the rights. Who knows. Maybe I can figure a way out.”
The musician died on Sunday (January 10) – two days after his 69th birthday – following an 18-month battle with cancer.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will arrive in UK cinemas on April 28, 2017, and in the US on May 5, 2017.