Matthew McConaughey Turned Down a Major Role in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

By October 29, 2015

Matthew McConaughey has worked to become one of the most respected actors in the entertainment industry today. After a long string of rather generic and formulaic films, he began to turn his career back around through choosing roles in films like Dallas Buyers Club, The Lincoln Lawyer, Killer Joe, Mud, and more, and not to mention his acclaimed turn as Rust Cohle in the first season of HBO’s True Detective. However, McConaughey has yet to step into the comic book genre, and while he did confirm at one point that he had been approached for roles by both DC and Marvel, it sounded like the negotiations ended fairly quickly.

A new rumor began to spread a few months ago that Marvel was looking to court the actor to play Norman Osborn in their Cinematic Universe though, after the deal made with Sony allowed the studio to add Peter Parker/Spider-Man to their impressive line-up of characters. Nothing else came of the rumor though, and it looks like Marvel did, in fact, approach the actor for a role in one of their Phase 3 films, but it was not for anything that he had been previously linked to.

Yesterday, in their report discussing the latest addition to the film, Variety mentioned in passing that Marvel and James Gunn had reportedly approached McConaughey to play the villain in 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, before the actor unfortunately passed on the project. There’s no word yet on who he could have played, but judging by his iconic onscreen persona and wide range of acting ability too, it’s likely safe to assume that the role would have been a very crazy and intense villain if they were approaching an actor of his style and caliber for it.

There’s obviously a wide range of different characters that he could have played in the film, but judging by his age and personality onscreen, it is possible that Gunn was looking to cast the actor as Peter Quill/Star Lord’s (Chris Pratt) father, a character that’s been shrouded in mystery ever since the first film. So far all we know about Star Lord’s mystery dad at this point is that he comes from an ancient, powerful alien race, was described as angelic by Quill’s mother, and is a “jackass” according to Yondu (Michael Rooker). We recently speculated about who could play the role in the film, which Gunn has gone out of his way to differentiate from the traditional, comic book source material, and while he wasn’t mentioned in our list, he more than fits the requirements needed for it.

It certainly would have been interesting to see McConaughey in the film, working inside of the rather strange and enjoyable tone that Gunn created in the first installment, Marvel is apparently looking to find a replacement for the part, and the report states that it should only be a few more weeks before we get some kind of announcement regarding the casting. It looks like progress is starting to pick up for the film though, and it’ll be interesting to see what other new additions Gunn and co. have in mind for the follow-up to one of Marvel’s most successful outings yet.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to hit theatres on May 5th, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable