As Marvel Studios continues to search for a director to replace James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, one of the film's cast has dismissed the possibility of helming the sequel.
Bradley Cooper, fresh off directing the upcoming A Star Is Born, denied any interest in pulling double duty as director and the voice of Rocket Raccoon in a third Guardians movie while doing press for his latest film.
"I could never direct anything that I didn't write," admitted Cooper in an interview with the Irish entertainment news site JOE when asked about the prospect of replacing Gunn. "No, I could never direct anything that I didn't write."
Earlier this week, Sean Gunn, brother and frequent collaborator of James Gunn who appears in both Guardians of the Galaxy films as the Ravager Kraglin, revealed that Marvel Studios still plans to move forward with a planned sequel using Gunn's original script after the filmmaker was fired from the project this past July after inappropriate tweets resurfaced online.
Cooper, who produced, co-wrote, directed, stars, and sings in the acclaimed remake of A Star Is Born, reportedly has his next directorial project in development with a biopic on prolific singer-songwriter Leonard Bernstein.