Vin Diesel has been teasing for a little while now that he’d be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in some fashion. There was a lot of speculation on who the actor might play, with most under the impression that he would be playing the Marvel character Vision. But now we know exactly who Diesel will be playing, and it actually makes quite a lot of sense. Diesel will be playing Groot, a tree like creature from space who is best friends with Rocket Raccoon, pictured above. Diesel is hard at work right now, promoting his newest film, ‘Riddick’, before heading out in the next month or two to star in ‘Fast and the Furious 7’, so playing a character like Groot actually makes a lot of sense because of his time constraints. Diesel will be doing motion capture for the character, as well as doing the voice work for him.
Groot is known for saying the line, “I am Groot!”, which many think is the extent of his dialogue. But the character is actually much deeper than that, and he has said more in his many years in the Marvel Universe. You don’t get someone like Vin Diesel to do just one line of dialogue over and over again. Marvel getting Diesel as the character proves to me they see this character as more than that, and they’re hoping he’ll be a scene stealer in the film, as well as a major player down the line. Vin Diesel joins the already spectacular cast of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Benicio del Toro, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, and Karen Gillen. That just leaves announcements for who is voicing Rocket Raccoon, and who will be playing the infamous villain, Thanos, to come. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, directed by James Gunn, is set to be released on August 1, 2014.
- Reaction to the Marvel Studios Panel Footage – Comic-Con 2013 (chipandco.com)
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