Amidst the entire saga that unfolded around the controversial firing of James Gunn from the franchise he helped shape, the cast members of Guardians of the Galaxy had been largely silent. Until today that is. Hours ago, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and other members of the quirky team-up came out in full support of Gunn and the apology he issued, siding by him and even calling for his rehiring.
“We fully support James Gunn”, begins the lengthy post. It continues by adding that they were all shocked by his abrupt firing and “intentionally waited these ten days to respond in order to think, pray, listen and discuss”. The guardians also explained how James is not lkely the last good person put on trial and cautioned that such instances could continue given the political divide in the country. Here’s the full post below courtesy Pratt’s Instagram. It has been signed by among others, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Sean Gunn, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementeiff and Karen Gillan, who portray Gamora, Drax, Kraglin, Rocket, Groot, Mantis and Nebula respectively.
The statement gives further momentum to the Rehire James Gunn moment that has engulfed social media off late, with petitions launched in support of this. It remains to be seen whether Disney will relent and reverse its decision or stick to its stand and go with a different director.