EXCLUSIVE: We understand that Guardians of the Galaxy alum Sean Gunn is set to take on the role of evil businessman Maxwell Lord in the new DC Universe that’s being overseen by James Gunn and Peter Safran.
The role was previously played by Pedro Pascal in the 2020 movie Wonder Woman 1984.
It’s not clear if Sean Gunn’s Maxwell Lord will make a cameo in brother Gunn’s Superman: Legacy which will go into production next year. The character, as I hear it, will be referenced in the background of Legacy but will appear in future DC projects. A similar motif will occur for other characters in the new DC Universe, the first phase which is named Gods and Monsters: Chapter One. Stay tuned.
Maxwell Lord debuted in 1987’s Justice League #1 created by Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire. Initially conceived as an amigo to the Justice League and key to the formation of Justice League International; he ultimately became a foe to the org, and to Wonder Woman. While a wealthy businessman, during the Invasion crossover, he’s gifted with superpowers when a Gene Bomb is exploded by alien invaders. The detonation triggers Lord’s latent metagene, granting him the ability to control the minds of others, though with great challenges.
Gunn played Kraglin in Marvel’s GOTG trilogy, where were directed and written by James Gunn. He also teamed with James Gunn in his Suicide Squad as Weasel, and the movie Super, as well as Tromeo & Juliet, the latter co-written by James Gunn. TV credits include The Good Doctor, A Terminal List, The Rookie, Robot Chicken, and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Sean Gunn co-created the series PG Porn with James Gunn and Brian Gunn. He also starred in the movie The Belko Experiment which was written by James Gunn.
Sean Gunn it repped by UTA, Mitch Clem Management, and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.