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James Gunn Says He Thought Of Cameo For David Bowie In ‘Guardians Of Galaxy 2,’ Has Rights For ‘Ziggy Stardust’ Song

James Gunn Says He Thought Of Cameo For David Bowie In 'Guardians Of Galaxy 2,' Has Rights For 'Ziggy Stardust' Song

It seems everyone has a David Bowie story to share today, and with good reason. The musician and actor inspired more than one generation with his bold, distinct, and inimitable artistic voice that always endeavored to be not just ahead of the curve, but on its own path. And it speaks to how many people he was able to touch that even big-league, blockbuster entertainment like “Guardians Of The Galaxy” could comfortably find a place for Bowie. Director James Gunn used “Moonage Daydream” from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in the first film, and as he revealed today on Facebook, he had grander aspirations when developing the sequel.

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“Just a very short while ago Kevin Feige and I were talking about a cameo role in ‘Guardians Vol. 2,’ and he brought up Bowie’s name. 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? But, for whatever reason, it made my Twitter revelation [of Bowie’s death more of a surprise,” Gunn wrote.

Additionally, the director reveals Bowie may turn up on the soundtrack for the next ‘Guardians’ film. “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,” he added.

We’ll see how that plays out, and one has to wonder what the cameo is exactly, but until we know more, read Gunn’s full tribute to Bowie below. “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” opens on May 5, 2017.

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Posted by James Gunn on Monday, January 11, 2016

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