Vin Diesel the first look at director Dave Wilson’s upcoming Bloodshot movie—based on the Valiant Comics character created in 1992 by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton—and yupp, that is most definitely a photo of Vin Diesel. There is 100%, no denying that Vin Diesel is in that photo. On the set of Bloodshot or casually strolling to the gym? Hard to say! But oh yeah, that’s Vin Diesel alright.
The Fast & the Furious actor will, presumably, look a bit different by the end of the film. The character—one of the more popular in Valiant Comics’ shared universe—used to be named Angelo Mortalli, a soldier who was subjected against his will to the experimental Project Rising Spirit. With nano-computers injected into his blood and his memory completely wiped, Mortalli becomes the pale-skinned Bloodshot, an anti-hero with regenerating powers and the ability to shape-shift who can also mind-meld with most computers. Bloodshot is usually depicted on the hunt for those who wronged him; he’s a bit like Marvel’s The Punisher if the skull on Frank Castle’s chest was just what the character looked like overall.
Despite the Extreme Genericness of that first image, Bloodshot is actually a pretty promising project. When the film was first announced, Sony described it as an R-rated adaptation “that will be tonally and aesthetically influenced by high-concept sci-fi blockbusters of the late 80s.” Think RoboCop, Terminator, and Total Recall. The script also comes courtesy of Eric Heisserer, who penned the Oscar-nominated Arrival and, most recently, the massively successful Netflix horror flick Bird Box.
Check out the image below. Bloodshot—which also stars Sam Heughan, Eliza Gonzalez, and Toby Kebbell—is slated for a 2020 release date.