Towards the end of June, Vin Diesel posted an update to his 45 million+ Facebook fans that Marvel had requested a meeting with him but that he didn't know what role it was for. Two weeks later (and just over a week before Comic-Con was set to begin) they had talked and Diesel left impressed, leaing many to believe that he could make a special appearance during the Guardians of the Galaxy portion of the Marvel Studios Comic-Con panel, not unlike some of The Avengers were reportedly signed just prior to Comic-Con 2010 before they all came out on stage together for one of the convention's best photo ops ever.
We speculated that Diesel would be voicing either the main villain of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thanos, or the biggest member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot. As it turns out, the latter seems to be the case.
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!
A year ago Diesel launched a flurry of speculation himself by posting a picture of Vision to his page - a love interest of new Avenger Scarlet Witch and a member of Earth’s Mightiest. Yesterday, he did something similar by posting the following image:
That's Groot, one of the two animated characters of Guardians of the Galaxy. Vin Diesel teased that "very big news" was coming at the end of July but nothing came of it, and he also teased that the character he was in talks for at Marvel was part of a "unique love story" which led more credence to the idea of him playing Thanos and the character's attempts at pleasing the personified being known as "Death" or that he was in fact playing the character of Vision for which he teased a year ago. Now, we know that neither is the case, and that the unique relationship refers to the partnership between Groot and Rocket Raccoon.
Deadline claims that their sources confirm that Diesel is in talks for the role of Groot but the deal must not be locked down since Marvel didn't take advantage of the D23 event this weekend to bring him out on stage. Perhaps each little push Diesel makes on Facebook is part of his negotiation tactics. Soon enough we'll finally learn who is voicing Groot and Rocket and we wouldn't be surprised to see high profile stars in each to help boost the film's box office potential as it represents Marvel Studios' riskiest endeavor yet.
Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn off of his script co-written by Nicole Perlman. It stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, and Glenn Close.
Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The 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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