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Filming Begins

James Gunn marked the start of principle photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta with a new cast shot of the Guardians that includes a tiny Baby Groot perched on Drax’s shoulder. He also confirmed Kurt Russell was indeed joining the cast, along with new faces Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, and Chris Sullivan. “I never thought anyone was missing from our island of misfit toys, but now that these folks are here there feels like there was,” he wrote on Facebook. Previous stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Glenn Close are all returning. (Photo: James Gunn/Facebook)

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Begins Filming: See Our Behind-the-Scenes Gallery

The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cast and crew have been teasing fans for awhile now with behind-the-scenes glimpses of prep and rehearsals. On Wednesday, they got an even bigger treat: a Facebook photo from director James Gunn confirming that principal photography on the sequel has indeed begun, along with a new shot of our space crew in super-cool shadow and some cast announcements for the movie, which hits theaters on May 5, 2017. Click through to see a slideshow of the best photos so far.