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It’s official: Marvel announces Vin Diesel will voice Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
After being a pretty obvious rumor the past few months, and with Diesel himself giving pretty big hints, Marvel finally announces that the star of the Fast & Furious and Riddick franchises will lend his voice to Groot; a talking tree, member of the Guardians of the Galaxy team. With only one phrase (“I Am Groot”) it looks like we’ll probably hear Diesel’s work be more grunting and screaming in battle, with the clever catchphrase being sprinkled in here and there (remember The Iron Giant?). Diesel joins an already stellar cast featuring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly & more.
Really looking forward to this, I think he’s a great choice for the role, and since it’s only his voice, this leaves him open to playing an additional physical role for Marvel in the future as previously speculated. A character I’d like to see him take on would be Black Bolt if an Inhumans movie ever comes into light, but the addition of Diesel as Groot looks very promising for now.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is set to hit theaters August 1st, 2014.
Written by Josh Sazin on December 23rd, 2013