The music world and the world in general woke up to a shock early on this January 11th morning as the news spread that David Bowie had passed away from cancer at the age of 69. He is well-known for his music, style and movie roles that he brought a unique flair to. He will always be remembered as the Goblin King in Labyrinth in which he starred alongside a then teenage Jennifer Connelly. James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel, was willing to give Bowie a cameo in the movie. “Just a very short while ago Kevin Feige and I were talking about a cameo role in ‘Guardians, Vol. 2’ and he brought up Bowie’s name. I told him nothing in the world would make me happier, but I heard from common friends he wasn’t doing well. We heard back that he was okay and it could potentially happen. Who knows what that was about? But, for whatever reason, it made my Twitter revelation more of a surprise.”
It would have been a real treat to see Bowie on the big screen again, especially in a movie which featured his music on the soundtrack. A movie like Guardians would have been perfect for him. Despite his passing, Gunn says Bowie’s music may still grace the next film’s soundtrack. “Bowie was an idol of mine, huge and omnipresent. Few artists in any field have had as an incredible impression on me as he has. To my mind, Ziggy Stardust is perhaps the greatest rock and roll album of all time. We featured ‘Moonage Daydream’ in Guardians, but I always though the album’s character was felt far beyond that, in the aesthetics, in the integral and seemingly natural linking in popular culture of ’70’s rock and space opera. I’ve been trying to work another song from Ziggy into the sequel, which would make Bowie the only artist to have a song on both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. I thought this was fair and appropriate. Although I cut the scene it was used in from the script, we have the rights. Who knows. Maybe I can figure a way out.”
The music of David Bowie is timeless and he has a song for every occasion in his discography. Moonage Daydream went so well in the first movie and it would be shocking if Bowie did not appear on the sequel’s soundtrack. The first song of David Bowie’s I ever heard was “Heroes,” albeit a cover version. I liked the song and then listened to Bowie’s version which lead me little by little to listen to more of his work. The man was a musical genius and will never be forgotten. I eagerly await Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which is set to be released in theaters May 5, 2017.