Vin Diesel's six-week flirtation with Marvel Studios may have reached consummation. According to Deadline.com, the "Fast and Furious" star could voice the alien character Groot in next year's "Guardians of the Galaxy."
Diesel, who first announced that Marvel had "requested a meeting" on his Facebook page back in June, heavily hinted at the gig as well: He posted a photo of Groot, "an extraterrestrial, sentient tree-like creature," to his account on Sunday.
It has long been speculated that Diesel would participate in "Guardians of the Galaxy," specifically because the upcoming film has room in its cast for major stars to voice animated characters like Groot and Rocket Raccoon. To that end, HitFix reporter Drew McWeeny noted that Marvel "has had conversations with the very top of the A-list" about Rocket Raccoon. Wrote McWeeny: "I have no idea who they'll end up with, but my guess is it's going to be a movie star on par with a Bruce Willis or a Johnny Depp or a Tom Cruise."
For its part, Marvel made no announcements about Diesel joining "Guardians of the Galaxy" at the Disney D23 fan expo in Anahiem, Calif. this past weekend. Not that they were planning on doing so anyway.
"No. It's so far ahead it may not even exist. So, there's nothing to announce," Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige told HuffPost Entertainment at this year's Comic-Con when asked about the possibility of unveiling Diesel at D23. "But, I love Vin and he's an amazing personality. Look how much attention he's gotten for a meeting. He's incredibly shrewd."
"Guardians of the Galaxy" is filming now. The film is due in theaters on Aug. 1, 2014, so expect some final confirmation on Diesel's part in the film -- or lack thereof -- sometime before then.
For more, head to Deadline.com.