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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Concept Art Gives Fans First Look at New Female Character Mantis (Photo)

Sequel to blockbuster Marvel film to premiere on May 5, 2017

“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” concept art has given fans their first glimpse of Mantis, a new female character.

Mantis will be played by Pom Klementieff, known for her role in Spike Lee‘s 2013 adaptation of the South Korean film “Oldboy.”

“[Mantis] has never really experienced social interaction,” executive producer Jonathan Schwartz told Entertainment Weekly. “Everything she learns about dealing with people, she learns from the Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a very weird group to learn your social intricacies from.”

Schwartz also teased that Groot may be different in this film from the first. “He doesn’t have the wisdom and experience of that Groot,” he said. “He’s a younger Groot and a more rambunctious Groot. The question is, is he the same Groot, just smaller? Or is he a different Groot that’s sprung up from the seed of the first Groot?”

“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” is one of the most hotly anticipated sequels in years. The first film stunned the industry when it took in over $773 million worldwide, with over $330 million of that coming from the U.S.

The sequel will open in theaters on May 5, 2017.

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