Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
The boys, and girl... and raccoon... and tree are back in town in new Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 imageMarvel / James Gunn / Twitter

James Gunn has confirmed that Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 has officially started shooting. The 45-year-old director, who also helmed the hugely successful original, shared a photo on his Twitter account with the caption: "Official Photography on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has begun. You're very welcome."

In the new image, which Gunn posted alongside the announcement, the original gang consisting of Chris Pratt's Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana's Gamora, Dave Bautista's Drax The Destroyer and the animated characters that Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel lend their voices to respectively, Rocket Raccoon and Groot (in adorable mini-form following on from the events of the first film) are all present.

Not only did Gunn share the news that the film's production is officially underway at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, but he also revealed that a whole bunch of exciting Guardians newbies are coming aboard. On his social media page yet again, Gunn announced that Oldboy's Pom Klementieff will be portraying Mantis, a former member of The Avengers. Her powers include telepathy and psychic empathy, a gift that allows her to sense emotions in others.

The roles of the other new additions, Elizabeth Debicki (The Man From U.N.C.L.E), Chris Sullivan (The Knick) and the heavily rumoured to star Kurt Russell, remain unknown. However, it seems likely that after all the speculation Russell will appear as Peter Quill's father.

Alongside the main gang, Michael Rooker will reprise his role as blue 'bad guy' Yondu while Karen Gillan will also return as the even bluer, and even badder, Nebula. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 is scheduled for a UK release in cinemas on 28 April 2017 and 5 May in the US. It will reach cinema screens right in the middle of two other planned Marvel movies, Doctor Strange (being released on 28 October 2016) and Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 in April 2018.

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