We won’t see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 until 2017, but last week we got our first batch of casting news. Who might be playing Mantis? Which Academy Award winner reportedly turned down the Marvel film?
Everyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love Guardians of the Galaxy, and I can’t wait for the sequel. So any and all news from the production processes intrigue me. This last week we got two interesting tidbits. First up, Mantis is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Deadline is reporting that Pom Klementieff – best known for the U.S. remake of Oldboy, and the French film Loup – is to play Mantis in the upcoming Guardians sequel. I am not that familiar with the Canadian actress, but I am really excited to see Mantis in the universe, though I fear that she will have to endure a lot of hours in the make-up chair.
Then we got some bad news. Variety is reporting that Matthew McConaughey turned down Marvel, when they had approached him to play the villain in the film. Now, what does that mean? Not much. We don’t know which villain, just yet. Inspite of their age difference, I think McConaughey could have played the father of Peter Quill. See, while there’s only a ten year age difference between McConaughey and Pratt, we know that Quill’s father isn’t human – it might’ve worked.
It really sucks that McConaughey doesn’t want to play the villain of the film, but I suspect that it has more to do with the role than Marvel as a company or their contracts. He wants to star in a Marvel film, but I think he wants to play someone he knows – someone he feels matters more than what might be a Guardians of the Galaxy one-off villain. Not a problem, it’s reasonable to turn down that job, if that is the case.
– I’m Jeffrey Rex