We have known for some time that it was Marvel was eyeing Vin Diesel to voice Groot in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. Yesterday, Marvel made it official. The Fast and the Furious star with the booming voice is officially lending his talents to the upcoming Marvel live-action epic Guardians of the Galaxy.
The film, directed by James Gunn, boasts a pretty diverse cast of characters. First, Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt will play Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord. Star Trek’s Zoe Saldana will be playing Gamora, the adopted daughter of Thanos who is looking to make a new path for herself. Former WWE Superstar Dave Bautista will be playing the role of the knife-wielding warrior Drax who is in search of vengeance against Ronan the Accuser. American Hustle actor Bradley Cooper will be voicing the genetically engineered gunslinger known as Rocket Raccoon.
Prior to being made “official” by Marvel, Vin Diesel posted a picture of himself with a very detailed bust of Groot. Also, the director posted a message to his Twitter account praising Diesel, which also included a link to the same picture posted by Diesel.
Vin Diesel is a super awesome dude. I can’t tell you how much I like this guy. http://t.co/5DGVcrEXFN
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 21, 2013
If you would like to read the official press release from Marvel regarding Vin Diesel’s casting, you can do so right here.
In an earlier interview with EW, producer Kevin Feige tells fans that while Guardians will take place within the same universe as the other movies in Marvel’s film universe; they will not quite be in the same place at the same time.
Guardians takes place within the continuity of the [other movies] but it’s on the other side of the universe,” Feige says. “We’ve always wanted to do a space movie. I’m obsessed with Star Wars, I’m obsessed with Star Trek.”
I think this is going to be a very interesting film in the Marvel Universe. These guys are not exactly your conventional group of superheroes, and that will pose an interesting dynamic.
Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled to be released on August 1, 2014.