James Gunn shuts down Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 casting rumor involving the Suicide Squad star

Marvel Studios has a huge slate in its hands for Phase Four, which includes a plethora of big-screen productions. One of these projects is that of James Gunn so anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which should end the filmmaker’s race on the adorable holes. Principal photography will kick off soon, and the film is making some headway when it comes to casting. However, as you would expect, rumors are also floating around, and Gunn recently closed a big deal involving an actor he worked with. The suicide squad.

It has recently been alleged that Daniela Melchior, who played Ratcatcher 2, the fan favorite in the DC movie, had been cast to play Marvel’s Moondragon in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Seeing the news, James Gunn took to Twitter to issue a brief and direct statement on the report. Check out his tweet below:

Well, that seems like a very absolute answer to the question. Some may be tempted to think that the director is just trying to confuse fans, but those who follow him know he is not lying when it comes to developments regarding his films. And if you still don’t believe it, check out this tweet from Daniela Melchior, who also spotted the news and her collaborator’s reaction:

The report came after the actress recently posted photos that showed her wearing a bald cap. In the comics, Moondragon doesn’t have hair, and given that Guardians 3 ramping up, it probably appeared to many that there was a connection between the two developments. In a suite Tweeter, James Gunn acknowledged the star’s recent photos in a cheeky way:

Honestly maybe if I had seen this pic of @MelchiorDaniela with a bald wig and how cool she looked I might have written Moondragon in the script but Daniela was lazy and didn’t posted this photo only today, so if you want to blame someone, you are gonna have to blame her.

Moondragon is a classic character who was introduced by Marvel Comics in the early 70’s. She’s a skilled fighter and a powerful telepath who has crossed paths with some of Marvel’s greatest heroes and villains. Although originally from Earth, she was taken in by Mentor, Thanos’ father, as a child after her parents were killed during an encounter with the Mad Titan. Additionally, the soul of his deceased father would later be merged into a new body that would become Drax the Destroyer.

While the formidable warrior won’t make her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the film will still have its new faces. The main one of them is the mighty Adam Warlock, who will be played by Will Poulter. And James Gunn and Poulter himself were quick to check the molding in this particular case.

The rumors are sure to continue until the highly anticipated MCU movie opens, but you can be sure its director will use social media if necessary to set the record straight. And for those who mourn Moondragon, rest assured because with the expansion of the franchise’s cosmic side, there’s a good chance the character (and Daniela Melchior) will join the cinematic universe very soon.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hits theaters May 5, 2023.