THR is reporting that Oldboy actress, Pom Klementieff has been cast in James Gunn’s intergalactic sequel in a key role, (later revealed to be Mantis).
What this role is, is as of yet unknown, but the site did report that Marvel conducted a wide search for its mystery part, which called for an Asian actress, doing several rounds of chemistry reads. So whatever part it may be, it appears to be a character of Asian descent.
The obvious choice would be Mantis, the half-Vietnamese, half-German character, who began her career as a member of the avengers before later joining the Guardians of the Galaxy on their cosmic adventures.
*We wrote this article before today’s casting was released and she has been officially cast as Mantis – according to Deadline. Per the report:
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has added a new member to the team of galactic heroes, casting French actress Pom Klementieff, best known in the U.S. for her role in Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy. Klementieff’s role is being kept under wraps for now, but we’re told she’ll be playing the superhero Mantis.
The report then adds:
Marvel conducted a wide search for an actress of Asian descent, leading to much speculation that Mantis would appear in Guardians 2. Stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel are returning along with writer-director James Gunn. Klementieff is repped by Untitled Entertainment.
It’s definitely an interesting role, and we’re eager to see just how important it turns out for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What do you think? Is this a good fit for Mantis? Is there any other character that it might be? Let us know below!