It appears that Vin Diesel has another Marvel Project in the works. Before you get all crazy, if he does indeed voice Groot (he confirms it here) that doesn’t mean he couldn’t play another character physically on screen. My vote is for the Vision (hence the header). This has been done before in Hollywood and as recently as The Lord of the RIngs Trilogy. John Rhys-Davies played both Gimli and Treebeard and that certainly didn’t seem to bother anyone.
Here are several noteworthy excerpts from his interview with Maria Menounos:
“When I met with Marvel it wasn’t for anything immediate, it was to talk about a film that would be introduced in the Phase 3 part of Marvel, not for a few years. You wouldn’t be able to see it for a few years. In my mind, Marvel were doing it right, they were enrolling me at the ground level which is the best way to enroll me”.
“I get the call, I go down to Marvel. A great meeting. It was even talking about something so big I can’t even talk about because it’s like the merging of brands in a way, which I won’t get into. That was something way, way, way, way, way down the road”.
“Quite frankly, it would have been too much to say and it might have been anticlimactic to say ‘We’re working on something for 2016’ and so I just said “You’re going to hear some really big news” and I left at the end of that and it went crazy”.
Then later, Diesel goes on to confirm that the 2016 project is happening, and he is still involved, even while he’s voicing Groot.
“The next Monday, Marvel talks to me and says “We’re going to send something over in two weeks. We want to focus on the 2016 but we also want to, if possible, answer this growing request for something now.” I don’t have six months to play a character in the immediate future, it’s all booked… there was no way I was going to be able to deliver… after Comic-Con, we were at a stalemate…”
So who else would you want Vin Diesel to play int he Marvel Movie Universe?