Given that Star-Lord spent the entire first Guardians of the Galaxy searching for his father, it seems appropriate that, for the sequel, he would pick his own daddy out of a line-up.
In an interview with Empire, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn said Chris Pratt was the first person to recommend hiring Kurt Russell to play Peter Quill’s father Ego, a living planet that’s taken on humanoid form.
“He was actually not in my head initially, but one day Chris suggested him,” Gunn said. “I would have been really disappointed if he’d said no. Hey, if you have to cast anything, Kurt’s a pretty good way to go.”