According to the rumors, principal photography on the highly anticipated follow up to Guardians of the Galaxy is imminent or occurring, strangely though, there has been very little news in regards to new characters or casting even though the film itself is ready to go before the cameras. Maybe its because there aren’t going to be that many new characters with such a big returning cast, or maybe it’s because there are potential surprises that no one wants to ruin, still casting news has been pathetically dry when it comes to the next Guardians adventure. Until now… Now we have news about one new cast member, and one cast member that was never meant to be.
First, the news of the latter. According to Variety, Matthew McConaughey has said thanks, but no thanks, to the part of the villain in GOTG2. The Academy Award winning actor has been brought up before in conversation for a potential role in a Marvel Studios movie, he mentioned earlier this year that he’s been reading scripts from both Marvel, and Warner Bros./DC Entertainment. That role would probably have to be pretty substantive and challenging, and given Marvel’s track record on villains, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that McConaughey would take a pass.
As for the actually casting, the unnamed part is going to Pom Klementieff. Announced via The Hollywood Reporter, Klementieff becomes the first new actor to join the returning Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradly Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, and Benicio Del Toro for the sequel. According to the Reporter, Klementieff will be playing a “key role” in GOTG2, and won the part after a “chemistry read” with the case and a worldwide search for an Asian actress to fill the part. Klementieff is a French actress whose only American movie role was in Spike Lee’s remake of Old Boy, but she has numerous credits in France in both movies and TV, and director James Gunn has probably earned more than a little trust when it comes to casting.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be in theaters everywhere on May 5, 2017.