Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
The Perfect Night In
Great Movies From Warner Bros.
Create A Short Film
With the BFI & O2
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Empire Podcast 177: Ron Perlman, Tom Hardy and Brian Helgeland
We won't lie, things get pretty Kray Kray
Ron Perlman Talks Hellboy III
Exclusive: 'He has to take down civilisation...'
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys Offer New Clues To The Film
And Kylo Ren talks at last...
Straight Outta Compton Sequel To Focus On Death Row Records
Producer L. Leigh Savidge adapting his documentary
Andrea Riseborough Signs Up For Bloodline
Joining John Leguizamo as another new cast regular
Selena Gomez Set For Bad Neighbours 2
Playing Chloe Grace Moretz's sorority rival
Stephen Rider Joins Daredevil Season 2
Playing District Attorney Blake Tower
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
24 August 2015
Vin Diesel Says Xander Cage Will Ride Again
Third xXx shooting in December, teases the actor
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Fast & Furious 7
Empire Star Rating
Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Riddick (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

More From Vin Diesel On Guardians' Groot
Talks mo-cap and Phase Three

28 August 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

"As an actor not everything you do has to be the obvious choice," Vin Diesel recently explained of his decision to play a tree in Marvel's Phase 2 epic Guardians Of The Galaxy. Now, in a slight update, Diesel has elaborated on what his role as the vocabulary-challenged Groot will involve. It won't just be voice work.

"It'll be voiceover, mo-cap, and all of that stuff," he told The Hollywood Reporter: the first confirmation that he'll be donning the grey pyjamas for a digital makeover as well as standing behind a microphone. "It's going to be super-cool."

What's potentially more intriguing though is Diesel's claim that his initial talks with Marvel were about something else entirely. Groot, he says, came out of a desire to get something going immediately, but the original reason for his appointment at the House of M was "to talk about a fresh IP [intellectual property] that would come out in 2016 or 2017 and potentially launch a third phase".

Diesel to launch Marvel's Phase 3? Which IPs might they have been discussing? As far as we know, the first film planned for that slate is Edgar Wright's Ant-Man, but that's due in 2015, much earlier than the dates Diesel mentions. Has he got his dates wrong? Is he talking about Ant-Man? Or is "launch" the innaccurate part, with the possibility that he'll turn up elsewhere in the roster?

Hypothetically running with the latter, who might he play? The most popular suggestions so far include martial artist Danny Rand/Iron Fist (half of the Heroes For Hire with Luke Cage/Power Man) and The Inhumans' Black Bolt who has a hypersonically destructive voice. Quieter voices are suggesting Dr Strange or Vision. 

Far more questions than answers then, but what's certain is that, with both Groot and the just-underway Fast & Furious 7 filling his calendar for the next couple of months, Diesel is pretty busy. Fast 7 is due out in the UK on July 25 next year, with Guardians Of The Galaxy a week later on August 1. We'll next see Diesel in Riddick on September 4.


Who should Vin Diesel play in Marvel's Phase Three?
Ant-Man
Black Bolt
Vision
Iron Fist
Dr Strange
Beta Ray Bill
Batman
  View results without voting


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Teaser Trailer For Child Of God
Based on the Cormac McCarthy novel
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire Meets The Stars Of Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
On the Sundance smash, bedroom posters and Nick Offerman

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Wes Craven: Film By Film
Empire celebrates the late, great horror director

My Movie Life: Andrew Haigh
The 45 Years director on the movies that made him

Vanity Projects: The Musical Edition
A dozen more hits and misses from the rock and pop world

Inside The Martian: Empire Meets NASA
Prepare to science the shit out of it...

Deadpool: A Complete History
Empire's guide to The Merc With A Mouth, in comics and on screen

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)