Vin Diesel Initially In Talks For ‘Phase 3′ Marvel Film; Confirms Groot Offer

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At the top of the summer, Marvel Studios – having just released Iron Man 3 to great success – had marked their territory years in advance when it came to key summer release dates. Even with five confirmed films already with release dates, concluding with The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man in 2015, they had secured three additional dates.

The beginnings of summer 2016 and 2017 are now also host to Phase Three installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with an additional 2016 date in July. Although we know Doctor Strange is in Marvel’s future, chances are there will be additional new franchises being launched over these years as well and Vin Diesel was almost part of one.

Diesel of course, has been the subject of Marvel-related headlines ever since June when he revealed that Marvel Studios had requested a meeting with him, one that he left impressed and thanked fans for making happen. Speculation put the star of the Fast & Furious and Riddick franchises in a variety of roles and Diesel hinted that character he could play involved “a different kind of love story,” later hinting that he could be voicing a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy named Groot – an alien tree.

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Speaking with THR, Diesel finally confirmed – without being vague – that he was in fact offered the role of voicing Groot. After complimenting Marvel for being creative, “I take my hat off to them for being so creative and thinking outside of the box,” Diesel continues, explaining that his fans (46 million+ on Facebook alone) were pushing hard for him to work with Marvel and were “demanding an immediate answer,” so much so that it changed his meetings with Marvel.

“What we were initially talking about was a fresh IP  and that was the focus of our conversation, which was a fresh IP that would come out in 2016 or 2017, and potentially launch the third phase. And when we went to Comic-Con we realized that people wanted something a little more immediate… With my schedule, it was almost impossible to imagine I could do anything immediate. And I guess after they watched Iron Giant or whatever, they came up with this idea of taking the strangest Marvel character we know, or the strangest Marvel character that’s ever hit film, and thought what I could do with that with motion capture and with my voice.”

Diesel concludes by saying the Groot pitch is where his talks left off with Marvel Studios and going forward, it’s up to his reps and Marvel to see if it can work out. With Guardians of the Galaxy in its latter half of shooting in London and still a year left before it hits theaters next August, the deal would need to be done soon. That is, assuming Diesel will in fact be involved with significant motion capture and not just doing the voice of Groot.

Groot Concept Art Comic Con 2013 Guardians of the Galaxy Vin Diesel Initially In Talks For Phase 3 Marvel Film; Confirms Groot Offer

STYD’s Ryan Turek asked him during the Riddick junket if his role would involve more than voice work to which Diesel responded, “It’ll be voiceover, MoCap and all of that stuff. It’s going to be super cool.” The role would therefore be similar to Mark Ruffalo’s take on Bruce Banner in The Avengers which saw him perform the motion capture of The Hulk as well.

As for the other animated character in Guardians of the Galaxy (meet the full team here), an offer has reportedly gone out to Bradley Cooper to voice Groot’s friend Rocket Raccoon in the space opera, but there’s nothing official on that front either.

Would you rather have seen Diesel play another (potentially live-action) character in one of the unannounced Marvel Studios productions for 2016-17 (that will be unveiled next year) or is Groot a good role for him? What character could he have played instead?


Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. I’m still pulling for Thanos. As mentioned in the podcast awhile back, I wanna see Vin Diesel fistpumping a Infinity Gauntlet and destroying entire universes as he does it!!!

    • I just can’t see Diesel playing the evil genius Thanos. Vin does not come across as a genius when he speaks, so I just think that character deserves better. I believe Thanos is going to end up being a pretty complex role, so they should get someone who reflects that complexity in my opinion.

      • Vin is surprisingly articulate. You should check out appearances he’s done on late night talk shows.

        • I’m not saying he’s an idiot, I just think Thanos should be played by someone who SOUNDS intelligent. Maybe he could pull it off, but I don’t think Thanos when I hear Diesel talk.

          • Should watch Vin’s performance on in the Movie Boiler Room. Hes a great actor and shouldn’t be viewed a bad actor because of silly Fast n Furious

            • I’ve seen the Riddick movies, too (ugh) and I just can’t picture his lispy, mumbley voice as Thanos. Thanos needs someone a British accent, like the Emperor Palpatine character (just no so over-the-top). A voice that commands respect. I say Vin Diesel is much better for the Vision or Black Bolt.

              • Not sure what kinda voice Thanos should be but atm i don’t really know of any British actor off the top of my head that could pull off Thanos unless you go with a no namer

                • I was thinking someone like Christopher Lee (Count Dooku), but yeah, I don’t exactly know who either. Just someone with a similar voice and speech.

                • Maybe not British…but how about Hugo Weaver? He’s pretty evil but maybe a bit typecast by now. Michael Shannon scares the bejesus out of me in Boardwalk empire, not as impressive in superman but still. What do you reckon, does Thanos have to be played by a youngish actor or older or what? Shame Idris Elba is already in the Marvel world!

                  • Hugo Weaving is already red skull, so thats out.

              • WAIT< so only british people/actors command respect?? what a load of sh*t!
                it is so easy to type stupid things, like "Thanos needs someone a British accent" "A voice that commands respect"

                That has to be one of the most childish and ignorant statements I have ever read on here! I rarely, if ever post anything but with such a stupid statement I just felt the need to let you know!

                • Not as stupid as the idea of Vin Diesel playing Thanos.

          • Watch Riddick, specifically the trailers for the new one. He could do Thanos perfectly and his barrel chest voice fits the size of Thanos very well. I have faith in him and his long career has given him the experience he needs to spice up his own delivery and do what’s necessary for the role. I understand your side of the argument, many people don’t see Vin do what he really can but I’ve watched his acting for years and I know he has the talent.

            • You’re missing everyone’s point, well those who are against him being Thanos. It’s not his acting ability, it’s his accent, his voice, it’s too thick and not quite clear enough. And I don’t think he’s able to change it up to suit the character. I’d be happy for an unknown as long as he’s suitable!

              • Andy Dick should play Thanos.

                • LOL

                • Chim-chiminee-chim-chiminee-chim-chim-cheree;
                  That macho Vin Diesel is playing a tree!
                  I wonder if Stallone will play a raccoon!?
                  Or if Arnold S. does it,
                  I’ll shoot the moon!!

      • How about Frank Langella? His Skeletor was one of the few good things from the He-Man movie.

    • Keith David as Thanos.

  2. Groot huh? Well ok, I guess.

  3. id rather him be someone else. the guy is jacked and does well on camera so itd be nice to see him be a villain or a hero

  4. He can do both. I’m still alright with the idea of him playing Black Bolt, since it’s a (mostly) nonspeaking role. However, I think he may be in the running for Vision, possibly appearing in the Ant-Man movie to kick off Phase 3.

    • He said that he was in talks originally to play a hero to kick off phase 3. That says Ant-man to me.

      • I believe he said he was going to play someone that starts off evil and then turns good, and he also mentioned a love affair. Both of which point to Vision.

  5. His level of acting is fine for Groot.

    • He’s better than Groot.. watch “the Boiler Room” and you will see Vin as a real solid actor

  6. Is it jus me or is guardians sound cheesy

    • It’s just you… and Goldilocks.

      • Hahahaha! Put at +1 on that!

      • I think it’ll be lame with Bradley Cooper, he never changes his voice for any role I’ve ever seen and he can’t be using his normal accent, too lame and boring. He’s too famous, why do they need a Hollywood A-lister for the part? As long as the voice is great and full of charisma. Don’t get me wrong, I think Bradley Cooper is a great actor, but I just find his voice a bit flat

        • Im not a HUGE BC fan either But have you heard the guy d impersonations? OR speak French as fluently as the French? he is very good with manipulating his voice!
          Also The Dr. James Gunn has said from day 1 he has somebody in mind to do the voice, so whether he is A-list or not BC was probably always the choice even before the other characters were cast.

        • H. Jon Benjamin.

          I must have Archer as a gun toting raccoon.

        • He’s known for his various voices and impersonations.

  7. Honestly, it would be perfect if he played Black Bolt later on in an Inhumans film. In GotG, only his voice is used. As Black Bolt, he’ll practically never speak. So it’s a perfect separation that wouldn’t mess with continuity between the films.

    • What made you come up with Black Bolt? Is there news of an Inhumans film in the works?

      • Just rumors, for now anyway.

      • Kevin Feige has dropped the Inhumans out there, a lot. Also, Marvel comics is rolling out “Inhumanity” which makes the Inhumans a major part of the Marvel universe soon. Oh, yeah, the Inhumans are coming. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver might be Inhumans in Avengers 2, for that matter.

        • Inhumans get powers from “Trinigen Mists” that were place on earth in ancient times by the Kree. An easy way to introduce crazy powers without “mutants”. Three big Kree characters are being introduced in GotG. Not a big stretch. And Feige has been name dropping Inhumans as long as Doctor Strange.

          • The marvel nerd in me says to tell you it’s “Terrigen Mists.”

  8. I forgot who said it on the other thread but it sounds like him playing both Groot and Vision are possible.

    Because of his scheduling, Groot is all he has time for and the fans want him now.

    From what he said about the role he was going to do later on in Phase 3, he could of been talking about Vision.

    I wonder now if he will do both characters or possibly none.

  9. This is good news for an awesome looking movie, though it’ll be weird seeing him wtih such a limited role in terms of voice work.

    • I would assume that they would increase Groot’s vocabulary for the movie.

      • I think I would be fine with that.

        • I hope not. That totally goes against how the character is portrayed in the comics, but I’ve been wrong before.

          • I agree, I’m going to be disappointed if he says anything more than “I am Groot”. I might accept if it is subsets of the phrase such as “Groooooot”.

            • I just can’t see them spending the money on Vin Diesel and just having him say “I am Groot”.

              • VD has the money rolling in, he could very well take less just to be a part of the MCU!
                Im sure earlier in his career he would have told them what he wants, but I have a feeling Marvel told him what they will pay, he either accepts or he doesn’t!

                Does he really want to disappoint his 47 million FB fans that he thanked for helping get it done (his interview) I presume! OR accept probably a pretty nice payday for saying ” I AM GROOT”?

                • By earlier in his career I mean a few yrs ago! but he is still at the top of his career…
                  If he really wants to be a part of Marvel he will take what they offer, because they can ALWAYS find someone that will do it for their price

                  • damn keyboard… even spelled my name wrong

  10. He’s going to be Black Bolt. They will tease and Inhumans movie in GoTG.

    • an*

  11. Does anyone know the budget for GOTG? Because that will be key for a successful big blockbuster. Otherwise, I’m thinking a repeat of Fantastic Four movie.

    • What are you basing that off of? Have you seen the leaked teaser or any of the set pics?

      • the leaked trailer looked awesome! I don’t think it has to be a HUGE budget to be a success, but I believe it will be a generous one, it will have a lot of CGI…

  12. he is too short to be thanos, and luke cage needs to be a darker black man. the vision would be an excellent fit for him.

    • His height really isn’t a factor for a CGI character; basically a purple Hulk.

    • +1
      I honestly thought it was going to be announced he will be playing vision. I felt that character would’ve been the perfect fit.

  13. No. I like Vin, but he’s not good enough for Marvel. We’ve already got one growling, one-dimensional guy in Guardians in the form of Batista (he’s not even a real actor!) so two growling, one-dimensional actors would be two much. Part of what makes Marvel’s movies like The Avengers and Iron Man work so extraordinarily well is the sizzling chemistry between its stars. We’ve got some great actors in Guardians of the Galaxy, like Bradley Cooper, Benicio Del Toro and the irresistibly sexy hotties Karen Gillan and Zoe Saldana. Part of what makes Vin a good actor is his physicality, and a voice role would only show how emotionless he can be. Get someone like David Tennant, Alan Rickman or Peter Dinklage instead.

  14. I got say. Every group needs a “strong man.” I.E. Hulk (Avengers), Colossus (X-men), Strong Guy (X-factor),Sasquatch (Alpha Flight). I have to say a alien walkng tree that can regenerate and speak one word is not a very compelling idea. Overall, very exciting for the flick. P.S. I have to say the Nova Corps guys look terrible in those Captain Power knock off suits. End of Line.

    • He speaks THREE words buddy!

      • Not pretending to e a GoTG fan… what thre words does Groot say?

        • Nevermind… just saw “I am Groot” on an above post. Also need to watch my keyboarding…. butchered my other comment….

  15. I think they’ll probably end up using him as groot and then signing him on for future films in a live action role. The cinematic universe is growing so there are a ton of other characters they might introduce.

  16. So it’s exactly what I said weeks ago when SR posted the article revealing he may be playing Groot then?

    I remember saying “what if he voices Groot and does live action for another character too?” and I remember The Avenger agreeing with me.

  17. vin diesel is a nerd who loves dungeons and dragons. he could pull of thanos speech pattern, i just don’t think he has the evilness to his voice. thanos is more of an old british actor type like the guy who played robins father on himym for the first six seasons

    • That’s exactly how I see him being played! I think someone like Christopher Lee would sound perfect.

      • Good call! But surely he’s too old to do motion capture or w/e they use. His voice is perfect though…

  18. Vin would have been my 1st choice for Drax – Ive also always thought he would make a great Venom. As far as phase 3 films go he could be a creditable Punisher but it is questionable whether they will greenlight a Punisher film in the fam friendly Avengers continuity.

    He would make a smashing villan for Thor 3 – perhaps pair him as Executioner with Amora the Enchantress and a side of Loki. Or (outside the box) rival Beta Ray Bill, lol.

  19. I cant wait for this movie to come and go this will be 1 big turdfest.

    Whats the love story gonna be the tree and the raccoon! This will flop bigger than the atom movie Oops I mean Antman another ripoff of DC .

    • If your gonna troll at least try to be good at it.

    • Shut your pie-hole SUPERTURD!!! why read an article if 1) you don’t like the idea and 2) you are a DC slappy and a TROLL on top o that? doesn’t make sense to me but maybe to a TROLL it makes perfect sense!

      I guess since DC has been quite LAME in the movie Dept. the last 40 yrs you really don’t have much choice but to troll the better and way more prominent Marvel articles!

  20. I have gone from disliking this movie, to being open minded to it, to slowly moving to accepting, now I am starting to be excited. This movie sounds like it is not taking itself too serious. It sounds like it is really pulling out the stops. I am ready for a good time at a Marvel movie.

    Why not a fun one??

    • Welcome to the club! I just hope it’s as good as I think it may be.

    • Well that’s just how Marvel is …fun !

  21. I respect Vin as a person that he is humble, doesn’t try hard on his roles, lay back, just a cool guy.

  22. I think this is the best role for him. Marvel should stick to casting (relatively) unknown actors in the lead, and keep the big names as support.

  23. Really? All this drama and he’s just playing the tree?

  24. He would be a great choice for this genre.