Sam Heughan, Eiza Gonzalez, and Michael Sheen are joining Vin Diesel in Sony Pictures' Bloodshot. While Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment are typically the talk of the town when it comes to comic book movie adaptations, there are several other brands ripe for the picking. Sony may have Spider-Man, but they're also investing heavily in bringing some of Valiant's properties to the big screen. They even have plans to make a Valiant shared universe, with Bloodshot marking their first foray.
After shuffling through a few directors and possible stars, Sony's current package for Bloodshot features Vin Diesel as the star, with Dave Wilson making his directorial debut after tackling multiple trailers for major video games. The movie has been progressing quite smoothly ever since Diesel boarded the project, and now, he finally has some co-stars.
Variety reports that Outlander star Sam Heughan, Baby Driver breakout Eiza Gonzalez, and the versatile veteran Michael Sheen have all joined Bloodshot's cast. While Variety's report did not specify character details, The Wrap added that Heughan is playing Corporal Harlan and Sheen as Dr. Emil Harting.
Based on the casting results so far, Sony Pictures is looking to sell Bloodshot on the shoulders of Diesel while assembling a talented cast around him that could pay off if it becomes a franchise. Previous character breakdowns from That Hashtag Show reveal that Sheen's role will make him the mad-scientist villain of Bloodshot. The role of Harlan "So Long" Shifflet should give Heughan a big role in the movie as well.
Using these same breakdowns, it appears as though Gonzalez will play the role of Kareena Pillai. She is described as "striking and clever, observant, a woman who has a moral code unlike some of her egotistical colleagues" and eventually becomes Bloodshot's love interest. The latter aspect could be a potentially odd relationship given the 22 year difference between Diesel and Gonzalez, but that wasn't necessarily an issue in Baby Driver between her and Jon Hamm.
With Bloodshot looking to film this summer, there should be plenty more additions to the cast. There appears to be at least six more supporting roles that need to be filled now that the leading roles are taken care of. As Sony finishes casting, it will be interesting to see if they go out and land any other big names that can possibly drive up the box office.
Bloodshot is currently in development but does not have a release date.