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Lee Pace Will Not Return for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2; Maybe Later Though

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 2:09 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Probably not a surprise to most, but in a Q&A that James Gunn did on Facebook today, the writer-director made it clear that Lee Pace‘s Ronan the Accuser character will not be returning … at least, not for Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

Though Pace has expressed before that he would “love” to reprise the role, Ronan felt (like so many Marvel villains) like a one-and-done.  Gunn confirmed this in part by answering one question of Ronan’s return with “Who knows. But not in 2, no.”  Later, when asked again (with an added “pretty please”), Gunn replied “perhaps someday.”

Pace, who recently appeared in The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies, has plenty of other projects on his slate.  His maverick-computer-building AMC series Halt and Catch Fire returns for its second season this year.  He’s also scheduled to appear in several films, including a starring role in the Lance the-hobbit-the-battle-of-the-five-armies-lee-pace-600x389Armstrong biopic Icon.

So no more Ronan … for now.  But Infinity Stones being Infinity Stones, it seems that Gunn is leaving the door open to possible later appearances.  If so, it would be a great step in creating more complex villains for the Marvel universe.  Pace seemed more than ready to go there with Ronan, though the role never quite felt strong enough for what he was willing to give it.

For those who loved Guardians of the Galaxy and also love James Gunn, definitely check out the Facebook Q&A.  There are ton of tidbits in there for hardcore fans to enjoy.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will premiere May 5, 2017.

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