According to CinemaBlend, Vin Diesel is voicing the character Groot in Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. This comes after months of speculation and guessing, mostly generated by Vin DIesel himself continuously teasing various meetings with Marvel. One gets the impression Diesel is too impatient, breaking news that Marvel subsequently has to come out and debunk as being simply not true.
It started a month ago, as Vin Diesel put up on his Facebook page the following message: “P.s. Marvel has requested a meeting… no idea what for… haha, you probably know better than me…” The teasing message set the internet on fire, particularly considering that almost a year before that, he had already stirred rumors himself by setting a picture of Vision of Avengers as his profile photo.
This was followed up by a picture in July next to an issue of Avengers #2, coupled with a cryptic mention of “tunnel vision” –
Marvel meeting today…
Only the people in the room can tell you what was discussed…P.s. Thanks to Our page, for pushing to make it happen… you know I get tunnel vision with my work… and after that meeting today… wow!
After all of this, however, Kevin Feige, Head of Marvel Studios, publicly denied any immediate plans regarding Diesel’s role in the cinematic universe: “No. It’s so far ahead it may not even exist. So, there’s nothing to announce. But, I love Vin and he’s an amazing personality. Look how much attention he’s gotten for a meeting. He’s incredibly shrewd. He’s got a Riddick movie that I can’t wait to see. And the “Fast & Furious” franchise, in addition to Vin, is a franchise I admire a lot for turning the sixth and next year the seventh into the biggest and most popular one. As far as a piece of it? Could someday we do a “Luke Cage: Hero for Hire” in that kind of vein. Totally.”
Earlier today, however, the actor confirmed he is playing Groot, the tree-like Guardian of the Galaxy. The actor is evidently excited to do the role because it “defies expectations”: “So if everybody thinks you’re going to go for this one thing and you flip it entirely and go for the strangest Marvel character, it’s interesting. And when something is interesting, it’s inspiring.”
I’m not sure if I’m inspired by the choice, but it is exciting to have the next-to-last GoG spot filled. Diesel also indicated that the actual role he took may have been due to scheduling, planning to knock out the part between press for the upcoming Riddick and filming Fast and Furious 7.
In other news, the first production stills of Guardians of the Galaxy surfaced earlier this week – you can see the pictures below, featuring someone identified as Glenn Close, playing Nova Prime in heavy make-up, as well as a Nova Corps member, and some aliens fleeing from an unseen danger.