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Did Matthew McConaughey turn down a Marvel villain role?

October 29th, 2015 by Matt Gault Comments


Don’t get us wrong – we’re super excited for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – but the film has already been dealt a massive blow after one of our favourite actors turned down a starring role as the main villain.

Yes, Matthew McConaughey has reportedly rejected the chance to be one of the centrepieces of the Marvel sequel, according to Variety. Let’s be honest, Marvel’s villains so far haven’t been treated very well (except Loki) so we’re almost glad that he hasn’t gone down the road of top actors like Jeff Bridges, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Eccleston and been dreadfully underused.

While James Gunn has mostly remained silent on the Guardians of The Galaxy sequel, he has broken cover to say Hulk will never, ever team up with his guys and it does seem he’s actually working.

He has now cast his first newcomer, bringing in French actress Pom Klementieff for a role that supposedly required an Asian actress, and he’s also apparently suffered his first casting defeat.

According to Variety, Gunn and Marvel wanted Oscar-winner McConaughey to grace the screen as the film’s villain. This follows the actor’s confirmation months ago that he’d read for a Marvel role (which everyone thought would be Norman Osborne).

But he’s now turned it down, and Marvel will presumably have to look for another actor of his profile to fill the boots. Surely those boots can’t belong to Peter Quill senior? Unless he was but a child of 9 when he sired his earth child?

Interestingly, McConaughey confirmed in May that he was reading for Marvel AND DC… so we’re wondering, since a lot of his time is spent at Warners and he has turned this down (apparently) does that mean he’s considering doing something in the DC movie universe…

If so, who would you like to see him play? Let us know in all the usual ways


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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.