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Zoe Saldana Reacts to James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Return

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Zoe Saldana, who stars as Gamora in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has expressed her happiness regarding news James Gunn will return to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

"I'm proud of him," Saldana said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "I'm happy he's coming back. I'm so proud of Disney, actually, that all the leaders right now behind the big corporation decided to lead by example, and spreading the word and the message of redemption is important."

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Of course, Saldana made her MCU debut in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy and returned for its 2017 sequel, both of which were written and directed by Gunn. However, offensive jokes from the director's passed resurfaced last year, and he was subsequently fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, delaying the film indefinitely.

In response to this, many began calling for Gunn to be re-hired, including Saldana and the rest of the Guardians cast, who pleaded their case to Disney and Marvel Studios in an open letter. Earlier this month, it was announced that Disney had relented and brought Gunn back into the fold to helm the third installment of his beloved franchise.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was originally expected to hit theaters sometime in 2020. However, thanks to the delay that came as a result of Gunn's initial firing, as well as the fact that he has since also been tapped to write and direct The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., Guardians 3 is now reportedly beginning production in early 2021, which would put it on track for a 2022 release.

Meanwhile, Saldana and the rest of the Guardians stars were most recently seen in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War and will likely make their return soon now that Avengers: Endgame is just around the corner. Saldana is also currently focusing on her new animated film Missing Link, which hits theaters on April 12.

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