– by Nick Doll

Not even two weeks ago, a foreign press release seemingly leaked details on who Sylvester Stallone is playing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The cast list revealed Stallone would be playing Stakar, also known as Starhawk in the comics. Director James Gunn is usually very open about casting, so the leak, combined with the lack of an announcement, left us all wondering if it was some sort of ruse.

Now Stitch Kingdom on Twitter has not only confirmed that Stallone will be playing Stakar, but also provides context on his role in the film and relationship with Yondu, played by Michael Rooker:

Stallone vs. Rooker? Rooker isn’t a chump, but even with his awesome whistle controlled arrow, I don’t think he would do well with an “intense confrontation” with the formidable Stallone. That being said, if Stakar is a sort of former father figure to Yondu, it does mirror Yondu’s own relationship with Peter Quill/Star-Lord, and may explain what drives him to join up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. 

It is also interesting to note that in the comics, Yondu and Stakar where both apart of the Guardians at the same time. Perhaps twenty years before this film, the two had a galaxy saving team of their own, separate even from the Ravangers. From what little we’ve seen and heard about Stallone’s role in the film, it is possible this fight will be his only scene, as the film is quite crowded with characters already. But, maybe we’ll see him take on a bigger role in Vol. 3. Just don’t expect him to share a scene with Ego, played by Kurt Russell. Sorry, Tango and Cash fans!

Are you excited to see Stakar brought to life? What do you think of him being to Yondu what Yondu is to Star-Lord? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: Stitch Kingdom on Twitter