While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star Kurt Russell is widely rumored to be playing Star-Lord’s dad in the much anticipated sequel, the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series has cast another sci-fi icon to fill that role: Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jonathan Frakes!
Frakes is joining the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series as the voice of J’Son, the emperor of the Spartax galactic empire and Peter Quill’s father. This is the animated series’ first major departure from the canon established by director James Gunn in the Guardians of the Galaxy feature film. However, J’Son of Spartax has been established as Star-Lord’s father in the Marvel universe since 1977, when he was created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. Recent appearances of J’Son in the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series have depicted him in a more villainous light.
“I’m thrilled to be part of another great sci-fi franchise,” said Frakes while speaking with USA Today. “And I’m also lucky that the character of J’Son just happens to sound like me.”
Frakes’ first appearance on the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series will kick off a new storyline that begins when Star-Lord (Will Friedle) goes missing on Spartax. Disney XD will air the episode on Sunday, March 13.
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