Marvel Studios is continuing its’ run of attempting to grab big-name celebrities for its’ movies, following Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man and Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange, having failed to nab Joaquin Phoenix for the role. Whether or not this had worked out, Marvel has been aiming high. The next example comes with Oscar-Winning Matthew McConaughey.
It has been confirmed that McConaughey had been offered the role of the main villain for the followup to James Gunn‘s epic Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. However, it has been reported that McConaughey has passed on the role. Although no information has been released as to why, we can guess that he’s in a place for more serious roles, having recently wrapped on Gary Ross‘ Civil War drama Free State of Jones and has begun filming on Stephen Gaghan‘s Syriana.
No further comments have been made as to what role McConaughey was sought for in the film – other than ‘the villain’. All we know is that the film’s plot will predominantly centre around Chris Pratt‘s Star Lord, Peter Quill, and his relationship with his father. Could this mean that Quill Sr. is the villain of the movie? Time will tell. More information on the film and casting will likely be released closer to the February 2016 production start date.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 will see the return of Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, and is set for a May 5 2016 release.