We’re still a long way off from seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 in theaters, but the much-anticipated sequel appears to be progressing along just fine with some recent casting news.
French-Canadian actress Pom Klementieff has reportedly joined the film’s cast after a wide search by Marvel Studios.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Klementieff will play an still-unidentified role in the film, which is expected to begin shooting in 2016.
Klementieff’s most notable role so far has been in Spike Lee’s 2013 remake of Oldboy, in which she played the deadly bodyguard of the film’s villain. She also appeared in the 2009 film Loup and this year’s Hacker’s Game.
The sequel to the third-highest-grossing film of 2014 both in U.S. theaters and worldwide, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 will bring back stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, and Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon. Director and co-writer James Gunn will also reprise his roles behind the camera for the sequel, which will pit the unlikely team of cosmic heroes against an even greater threat to the universe.
The original film was released August 1, 2014, and earned $333 million in U.S. theaters and an impressive $774 million worldwide. It also holds the record for the biggest August opening weekend of all time, thanks to its $94 million premiere, and earned two Academy Award nominations (for makeup and visual effects).
The next phase in the construction of Marvel Studios’ cinematic pantheon kicks off with Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016, then continues with Doctor Strange (Nov. 4, 2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5, 2017), the untitled Spider-Man solo movie (July 28, 2017), Thor: Ragnarok (Nov. 3, 2017), Black Panther (Feb. 16, 2018), Avengers: Infinity War — Part I (May 4, 2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6, 2018), Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019), Avengers: Infinity War — Part II (May 3, 2019), and finally, Inhumans on July 12, 2019.