Report: MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY Passed On Villain Role In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 title card
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Matthew McConaughey in 'Interstellar'
Matthew McConaughey in 'Interstellar'
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Now that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is moving into production, some of the sequel's new roles are quickly being filled. But one big name you won't see on the marquee - Matthew McConaughey.

Marvel and director James Gunn were reportedly seeking McConaughey for the sequel's villain role, but the actor passed. The news comes from Variety's report about yesterday's casting of Pom Klementieff in a mystery role.

But the question remains - who would McConaughey have played? And furthermore, who might Klementieff be playing?

As for the villain role, Gunn has previously stated that he was interested in Kang, though he also confessed that the rights to the time-traveling conqueror might be tied up in 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four deal. 

Klementieff's part has been described as a "key role," so could she be playing one of the new Guardians the sequel will add to the team's roster? Given that Marvel were reportedly seeking an Asian actress, Klementieff could be playing Mantis, the telepathic "Celestial Madonna" who has a long history with both the Guardians and the Avengers. Other possible roles include Moondragon - Drax's daughter in comic book lore - or even Phyla-Vell, who served on the Guardians as Quasar.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.

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