Vin Diesel confirmed for Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 December 2013
Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel

'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn has confirmed Vin Diesel will be "amazing" as sentient tree Groot

Vin Diesel has been confirmed to play Groot in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.

The 'Fast & Furious' actor will be taking on the part of the tree-like alien superhero in the upcoming Marvel space saga, director James Gunn has officially announced on his Facebook page.

He posted a picture of Diesel posing alongside a mask of his leafy character, adding: "Yep, it is completely official. AND he's amazing. I never knew someone could say 'I AM GROOT' so many different ways and with such feeling (and that sounds like I'm kidding but I'm not!)."

This summer Diesel had hinted at the casting by posting a picture of Groot on his own Facebook page, before swiftly taking it down.

The sentient character gains super strength from absorbing wood and has the ability to control

trees. However, the role will require little dialogue as Groot's sole line is, "I am Groot."

'Guardians of the Galaxy' features Chris Pratt as the Star Lord, Peter Quil, a human pilot who gets involved with a group of mismatched mercenaries who decide to form an intergalactic crime-fighting team. Other cast members include Zoe Saldana, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan and Bradley Cooper.

The film is set for release in August 2014.

Guardians of the Galaxy

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 2min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro
  • UK release: 31 July 2014

When space adventurer Peter Quill (Pratt) finds himself sharing a prison cell with assassin Gamora (Saldana), genetically-modified bounty-hunting raccoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and other crims, they must face power-hungry evildoer Ronan (Pace). With a gag-stuffed script, lively direction and outstanding performances…

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