James Gunn: Guardians of the Galaxy cast back fired director

| Updated Jul 31, 2018 at 11:12am



The Guardians of the Galaxy cast has called for James Gunn to be reinstated as director of the movie after he was sacked this month over old tweets.

Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel signed an open letter in support of Gunn.

The stars said they were shocked by his removal 10 days ago.

The Walt Disney Co fired him from the third movie in the series after tweets from 2008-11 resurfaced in which he joked about rape and paedophilia.

The cast said on Monday it had waited to issue a statement in order to "think, pray, listen and discuss".

They said they wished to express "our love, support and gratitude for James".

"Each of us looks forward to working with our friend James again in the future," they wrote.

"James is likely not the last good person to be put on trial," the cast members said.

"Given the growing political divide in this country, it's safe to say instances like this will continue, although we hope Americans from across the political spectrum can ease up on the character assassination and stop weaponising mob mentality."