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Guardians Of The Galaxy sequel set

The Guardians Of The Galaxy isn't even out yet - and a sequel is already in the works for a 2017 release.

Director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt announced the planned sequel during Marvel Studios' presentation at Comic-Con in San Diego.

"Yes, I'm writing and directing the sequel to #GuardiansoftheGalaxy for theaters July 28 2017. But first go see the first one out next week!" James tweeted.

Josh Brolin has been confirmed to play super villain Thanos and will feature in both Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Guardians Of The Galaxy 2.

Filmmaker James previously revealed he had always planned for a follow-up, saying: "I hope so. That would be my hope. That's my plan so we'll see how it turns out."

Chris added: "I'd be thrilled to do (a sequel). I'm just going to sit back and eat chicken and do bench presses and wait by the phone."

Guardians Of The Galaxy follows a motley team of other-worldly misfits, including a talking raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), a tree-like creature (played by Vin Diesel), a green-skinned fighting alien (Zoe Saldana) and tattooed vengeful warrior (Dave Bautista), all led by Chris' character, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord.

Dave said he would have no hesitations about reprising the role: "If there's a sequel, I will definitely be back. I hope I did a good enough job that they invite me back."

The film opens in UK cinemas on July 31.

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