Vin Diesel Comments on His Marvel Meetings for Future Phase Three Movies and Voicing Groot in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

     August 27, 2013


While doing press for his upcoming film Riddick, star Vin Diesel revealed a bit more about his secretive meetings with Marvel.  He didn’t outright confirm that he would be voicing the tree-like Groot in the studio’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but it sounds like he’s one all-important signature away from announcing the role.  What’s more interesting in this particular soundbite is the news that Diesel and Marvel originally met to talk about launching a fresh property in 2016 or 2017, but then talks turned to more immediate opportunities.

James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, also starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou and Peter Serafinowicz, opens August 1, 2014.  Hit the jump to see what Diesel has revealed about his Marvel meetings.

See what Diesel had to say about his meetings with Marvel, which seem to include work on not only Guardians of the Galaxy but future properties as well. (Pro tip: Close your eyes and picture an anthropomorphic tree talking to you.) (Via Heat Vision):

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  • pwnednoob

    That’s too bad… I was still really hoping he would be Thanos.

    Very curious what the “Fresh IP” would have been.

  • Internet Savior

    I’m still not buying it, He’s THANOS! Why hasn’t there been any talk about Thanos casting? It’s been made very obvious that you see Thanos in GOTG…..I think were being trolled…

    • Tommy Alan

      where did you hear that vin will voice thanos ???

      • Nerdgasm

        The two big rumors were 1) He’s playing Vision and 2) He’s playing Thanos since there was a rumor that he would be in GOTG. No one pointed at Groot cause theythought it would be classic Groot and only say “GROOOOOOT!” But there are incarnations in which he can hold a conversation much like Hulk. So Groot would be very left field. But Thanos was a real rumor. Cause there would be no way they would waste him on just having him yell “GROOOOOOOOOOT” His voice would also be badass for Red Hulk as well….

  • Oddmon

    He’s totally thanos.

  • Holoshot

    I’d like to see Thanos played by some big, hulking, unknown and have him voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

    • Nerdgasm

      Cumberbatch by Christmas will have outstayed his welcome as a bad guy. Five bucks says his Smaug sounds exactly like his Kahn. No thank you. Not for Thanos. terrible dumb idea.

      • Holoshot

        You’re entitled to your opinion, but as a life long fan of Thanos, I think Cumberbatch is the perfect voice for him. While Thanos is basically a serial killer on a cosmic scale, he has always been portrayed as a tactical genius with a superior intellect. I think that Cumberbatch’s low register coupled with the authority in his voice is a great choice. I’ve always pictured Thanos with a vaguely British accent. Who would you, in your infinite wisdom, choose?

  • Bob

    He shoulda been Drax if he’s gonna be part of the Guardians. Makes no sense. I mean its cool he’s Groot and all, he has the voice for it…but he would have been a fantastic Drax…I mean have you seen Riddick where his weapon of choice is knifes…

  • kps

    Sounds like he leaked news of the Marvel meeting and used the hype/fan reaction to get himself a more immediate gig.

  • ed

    i think benicio is thanos because at comic con they asked all the cast members to talk about the characters they were playing and he didn’t really say much about “the collector” so Im thinking hes thanos.

    • Kevin


    • jack

      Benicio Del Toro is confirmed to play The Collector, for some time now. Thanos as of now is unknown casting.

  • Gaebora

    A new IP to potentially launch phase three… Ant-Man fits that bill, but I really don’t see Diesel as Pym ^^

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