"Guardians of Galaxy" director James Gunn revealed that the sequel, "Guardians of the Galaxy 2," would have a smaller cast to avoid over stuffing the film during an interview on Periscope (via ScreenRant).
"People ask for so many characters to be in 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' and they ask for so many actors who they want to be in 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' but we actually have less characters in 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' than we have in 'Guardians of the Galaxy 1' because everything is just getting too sprawling and too crazy for me in these superhero comic book movies," Gunn explained. "There's just too many characters so you can't concentrate on one and really get to know that character, and I really want to get to know the characters that we know better."
However, he made sure to mention that he "will be introducing a new character."
Additonally, Gunn remarked upon Chris Pratt's emotional reaction to the script: "It's a very moving script... what really matters to me is going deeper into the characters and getting to know them more emotionally. And I think we have a story that's really, truly true for everyone and it just happens to be about aliens."
Though Gunn intentionally scaled back the cast in order to achieve that more personal focus on the characters, he also shared that he had to cut a character that he had looked forward to using. "I had another big character in my original draft and it was just getting too busy. I took that character out. And it's a character I like a lot and hope to work with in the future but I just didn't have room for that person, that character."
Throughout the interview, Gunn dropped a few more morsels about the upcoming film, including the fact that Star-Lord's guns are not element guns, Star-Lord's father had not yet been cast, "Awesome Mix Vol. 2" has been compiled and that Yondu (Michael Rooker), Kraglin (Sean Gunn) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) will return.
"Guardians of the Galaxy 2" is scheduled for release on May 5, 2017.