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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014): Vin Diesel is Officially Groot

Vin Diesel Guardians of the Galaxy

Vin Diesel cast in Guardians of the Galaxy. The casting of Vin Diesel in Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) answers the question of whether or not actor wold be apart of the James Gunn directed film. Vin Diesel will voice the character Groot in the upcoming comic book film. We previously featured the character in action here: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Movie Trailer: Leaked Video Footage.

A Vin Diesel, Groot, Guardians of the Galaxy:

Vin Diesel Groot Guardians of the Galaxy

Vin Diesel Groot Guardians of the Galaxy

 The official press release from Marvel on Vin Diesel’s casting in Guardians of the Galaxy:

Vin Diesel is Groot!

The star of the Fast and the Furious and Riddick franchises will lend his voice to Groot in Marvel’s live-action “Guardians of the Galaxy,” rounding out the team that includes Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista).

Featured in four of the six movies in the fan-favorite “Fast & Furious” franchise, Diesel has helped the series gross over $2 billion at the box office; and will reprise his role in “Fast & Furious 7.” Diesel’s most recent film, “Riddick,” the third film in the franchise that has so far earned a cumulative $267.3 million across the globe, debuted this year at the top of the box office. In addition to lending his voice to several video games, Diesel’s received great acclaim for his voice work in the celebrated animated film “The Iron Giant,” directed by Brad Bird.

In the far reaches of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an unlikely cast of characters including Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon must join forces to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions. Directed by James Gunn, the live-action “Guardians of the Galaxy” will take fans to new corners of the Marvel Universe when it hits theaters August 1, 2014, but in the meantime stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest news as it breaks, including official casting, first looks and more!

In addition to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on July 31, 2015.

James Gunn had this to say about Vin Deisel’s casting:

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!)

On the Groot model in the image with Vin Diesel:

This was the bust we used for reference when shooting. It has changed slightly from this since we started animating him. … [It was made by] David White and his team based on Charlie Wen and his team’s designs.

Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Bradley CooperChris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave BautistaGlenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Ophelia Lovibond, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Peter Serafinowicz, Gregg Henry, and Enzo Cilenti.

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