5 Actors Who Could Play Star Lord’s Father in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’

By August 25, 2015

I think it’s safe to say that Guardians of the Galaxy ended up being one of the best movies in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe when it was released. The film managed to combine humor, emotion, action, and story in one of the most perfect and best ways that the superhero genre has ever seen, and was easily one of the standout films of last year. However, the film would have failed if it’s leading man, Peter Quill a.k.a. Star Lord (Chris Pratt), had not been able to ride the line of being a suave asshole, and also a sympathetic hero. Fortunately for both everyone involved in the film, and us watching – Quill ended up being one of the best heroes in the entire MCU.

However, the film also managed to set up a lot of story threads for the sequel, and one of the more intriguing plot lines of the sequel will most likely end up being the reveal of Quill’s father. By the time Guardians had ended, we knew a few things about Star Lord’s father for sure. We knew that Peter’s mother referred to him as an “angel” when Quill was growing up, and that he had originally assigned Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his Ravagers to capture Peter from Earth, and bring his son to him, which the Ravagers did not do. We also know that Yondu didn’t think too highly of Papa Quill. But possibly the most interesting clue that was dropped during the film, was the mention of Star Lord being related to some kind of royal, powerful, and ancient celestial bloodline, that we assume comes from his father.

So there’s definitely a lot of fan expectations going along with this reveal, and both director James Gunn and Chris Pratt have talked about how much more emotion is packed into Guardians of the Galaxy 2, with the two hinting at the relationship developed between Quill and his father in the film. However, Gunn has also confirmed that the character will not be the same character he is in the comics, meaning all of you out there hoping to see Quill’s father be a certain Spartax ruler, are probably a little let down.

Now, we could speculate as to what comic book characters could end up being Star Lord’s dad, but we decided to make a list of five actors that we think could play Peter Quill’s father in the sequel, based off of all of the information given in the first film, Chris Pratt’s looks and mannerisms, as well as how well certain actors would be able to work in the unique tone that Gunn surrounds his films in. So without any further ado, let’s get into the Five Actors We Think Should Play Star Lord’s Father… (Spoiler Alert: Harrison Ford will not be on this list by the way. Yes, it would be awesome and perfect, but it seemed both too obvious and too unlikely of a choice to actually include him on this list of names.)

(NOTE: Since we haven’t read James Gunn’s script, we can’t know for sure the age or direction that the filmmaker is planning on taking this character in, so we decided to play it a little safe and go with an average, fatherly age for all of our actors. Please don’t hate us if all of these choices end up being horribly wrong.)

Sam ElliottHonorable Mention: Sam Elliott

First up, is our honorable mention, Sam Elliott. One of us at the office mentioned this name when we were originally creating this list, and we all had a tough time saying no to it honestly. Unfortunately, we all had to let him out of the Top 5 for pretty obvious reasons. Listen, he doesn’t look anything like Chris Pratt, and is also likely too old for the role as well. However, we’re putting Sam Elliott’s name as honorable mention for one reason, and one reason only, which is that if Sam Elliott showed up in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and told Star Lord he was his father, would it make much sense? No. But would we care at all? Absolutely not. Why? Because he’s Sam freaking Elliott. That’s why.

Gary Oldman5. Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman, the character actor of all character actors in my not so humble opinion. Again, much like Sam Elliott, he doesn’t really bare much of a resemblance to Chris Pratt, but judging by how easily Gary Oldman has been able to transform himself in the past, we’re not too worried that he’d be able to pull it off. Not only would it be awesome to see Mr. Oldman be in a Marvel movie, but I’d love to see what he could do with this kind of a role. You just know that he would bring a certain gravitas to this character that other actors aren’t capable of. His ability to play some of the best heroes, and some of the most terrifying villains in cinema history too, gives him the unique advantage where we wouldn’t really know what to expect from his performance.

Combine that with the fun and emotional tone that James Gunn has so expertly crafted with his films, and I’d be more than happy to see Gary Oldman pop up as Star Lord’s dad and have a nice little sit down chat with his long lost boy. While it likely won’t happen because of his certain past in the DC Universe, now that Christopher Nolan’s trilogy is over – who knows? Anything could happen.

Tom Selleck4. Tom Selleck

Now, if you want Star Lord’s dad to really feel like the father of an All-American Space outlaw, then you can’t go much farther than Tom Selleck. No, it’s not just because he’s Magnum P.I. (although, that is a pretty big part), but it’s also because it’s hard not to be able to picture Selleck as a royal, celestial being that Star Lord butts heads with (assuming of course, that they do butt heads). Selleck can also border the kind of asshole, good guy line that this character will need to ride, but also be a much harsher character than Peter Quill is. He has that sort of rough and rugged persona about him, and you want to trust him, but you also feel like he might be able to stab you in the back without any hesitation.

Above all else though, he can pull off the whole “disapproving father” thing without making it feel cheesy or forced. We want this relationship to have its ups and downs, and it’d be interesting to not only see Selleck in this big of a role again, but also to be the center point on which Peter Quill’s emotions revolve around in this sequel.

Dennis Quaid3. Dennis Quaid

In a list of somewhat out-of-the-box choices, this one might shock the most people. Dennis Quaid is due for a comeback at this point, after all of his work with both Funny or Die and on Inside Amy Schumer recently too, Quaid has shown he still has the charisma and charm that made audiences fall in love with him when he first began his career. Like a lot of other choices on this list so far, he’s able to ride that line of trustworthy and malevolent in the perfect way, and it’d be interesting to see the kind of onscreen dynamic that could come between him and Chris Pratt.

However, what might separate him from the other three names mentioned so far, is the fact that you can believe him as this almost space cowboy. Dennis Quaid feels like he belongs in these kinds of space operas, and he’s an actor who would be able to fit into the kind of zany locations that were present throughout the first Guardians. He has a very unique presence onscreen that can give him the fatherly authority that this character will need in order to be taken seriously as well. While it seems unlikely now, I wouldn’t mind Dennis Quaid as Star Lord’s father.

Sean Bean2. Sean Bean

Now, this one seems like a no brainer to me. Sean Bean has been one of the most reliable actors working in the film industry for the past couple of decades at this point. Whether it be his work in Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, or even the cheesy 1990s Bond films, Bean can fit into almost any genre. However, it’s hard to find an actor who can carry the kind of gravitas and presence in a sci-fi and fantasy film like Sean Bean can. He showed that he can be a caring,and harsh father in a fantasy world as Ned Stark in GoT, and something tells me he wouldn’t have much trouble fitting into the GOTG world.

He’s one of those few actors who feels instantly Shakespearean any time he’s onscreen too, and if he walks onto the scene in GOTG2 as some kind of ancient, royal celestial being, I wouldn’t even bat an eye. He can balance the kind of fun, but also bad ass tone that I believe this character will need, and whether he ends up being a hero or a villain, you can count on Sean Bean being able to pull it off. He’s one of the younger picks on this list, and seeing a conversation between him and Chris Pratt as father and son onscreen just makes sense to me. There’s really nothing else to it.

Kurt Russell1. Kurt Russell

Oh yeah, this doesn’t even need an explanation, but I’m going to give one anyways. Kurt Russell should absolutely play Star Lord’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 because out of all of the other names on this list, I don’t think any of them can balance being humorous, harsh, fun, and bad ass all at the same time, quite like Russell can. Not only that, but when you see him in real life, or in any of the roles he’s become known for playing, it makes sense that this guy could be the alien father of Peter Quill. He’s shown he can kick ass and take names, has some serious dramatic chops as well, and can balance the perfect 1980s charm and charisma that is needed to fit into this cinematic universe. With his large role in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight later this year as well, Russell has been showing up more and more on the silver screen as of late, and I think this would be the perfect next step in his career.

When I imagine what Peter Quill’s father will end up being like though, I see a very royal, ancient, and bad ass father figure who doesn’t approve of his son’s antics. Now, it’s possible that the movie’s actual version will end up being completely different than that, but judging by how the character was described in the first film, I can’t think of an actor in this age range, who would be a better fit than Kurt Russell would be. Which is why he’s my number one pick to play Star Lord’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

However, I’m curious to hear your possible choices as well. Do you think I left any off this list? Which of these names would you be most happy playing Papa Quill onscreen? Whether you hated or loved these picks, let’s talk about them in the comments down below.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is set to be released on May 5th, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • Depak Sharma

    Yes, I love this list! Each one is so unique but a great fit. I go with Sean Bean (and dont kill him please)!!

    • So glad you loved the list! I’d still go with Russell out of all of them, but I’d be more than happy with Sean Bean!

  • Josh Pireson

    Quaid or Russell!

    • Yep!

    • If Kurt Russell is cast as Star Lord’s dad, I become as giddy as a little school boy on the first day of summer. There was never any question in my mind that he’d be number one on the list.

  • Juliette Wolfson

    This list rocks but what about Peter Capaldi or Bill Paxton!?

    • Peter Capaldi? Doesn’t make me think of Star-Lord at all, but also too old. Paxton could be a decent choice, but still inferior to the others on the list, IMO.

    • I sort of love the idea of Bill Paxton, honestly. Nice call. Capaldi is too old I think, and too serious too. The eyebrows alone…

  • Johan Mästerdraken Backlund

    I just want to add another honorable mention: Jeff Bridges. He would take the role places non of the others could

    • He’d be great, but we didn’t mention anyone that is already in the Marvel Universe.

    • Liz K Clark

      Totally agree.

    • This one broke my heart not to include because he would be perfect. Unfortunately, since he was already a live-action role in the first ‘Iron Man’, we didn’t think we could include him.

  • Liz K Clark

    All about Kurt Russel! Or what about a revived Val Kilmer? He needs to work again… is his career dead?

  • Chris Meyers

    Kevin Bacon? It would be a good twist.

  • David Johnson

    From a completely different direction, its the Marvelverse so anything can happen, Idris Elba. I figure if the won’t make Him James Bond then make Him Star Lord Sr!!!!!!

  • Rando Calrissian

    Robert Taylor. He is the Sheriff from the show Longmire. He plays a father in that show and kicks butt. I would also suggest Peter Weller (Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Stephen Lang (Avatar).

  • Jose

    What if since he is a celestial being he doesn’t age the same and they go with a younger actor. Like Chris Pine or Patrick Wilson who actually really looks like Chris Pratt.

    • Or what if he’s a woman?… or an elephant? I guess we’d have to change up our list.

      • Jose

        And elephant the one from the Elephant insurance commercials would be great!

  • Ren Fern

    The first time I saw Chris Pratt a.k.a. Peter Jason Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy film is a look a like or resemblance to an actor named Dennis Quaid from DragonHeart film.

  • disqus_JsfC7s7QFS

    Here’s kind of a random and out there suggestion. How about Harrison Ford? Yes, he is rather old, but think back to how awesome it was to have James Bond play the father of Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Now, just imagine how awesome it would be to see Han Solo as the father of Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.