If there's a character from Guardians Of The Galaxy that could rival Rocket Raccoon for most popular Guardian, it has to be Groot. And now, you can plant a tree in his honor as part of a challenge that Vin Diesel and now James Gunn have laid down on the internet.
Any way you want to look at it, Vin Diesel has had an extremely successful career. He’s toplined huge franchises. He’s played key supporting roles in beloved movies, and he’s somehow amassed more than twice as many Facebook fans as the Beatles.
After being challenged by Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn, Diesel, who memorably gave voice to the film's sentient tree, demanded his director plant a tree for Groot.
For the Fast & Furious series, Paul Walker truly was a founding father, and his loss could have shook the franchise to its core. It will be interesting to see how Fast 7 resolves. There were plans in place for a new trilogy. Could this now, however, be the end of the road?
So, here is the theory, based on rumors, guesswork and a few hunches: Guardians Of The Galaxy is to Marvel's space lineup as Iron Man was to Marvel's “Phase 1”: a reminder to its hero(es) that there's a “bigger universe” out there. And with the news about a writer for Inhumans came word that the studio was interested in building, "a multiple-film cosmic universe." So what are these films?
It's not uncommon that we hear about films that have been stuck in development hell for between five and 10 years, but paperback hero Mack Bolan has been waiting multiple decades for his time on the silver screen. After so many years, the character is finally being pulled off the shelf, and a writer has been hired to pen a new feature based around him, but it's amazing to think back on what could have been.
The leader of the Inhuman Royal Family is Black Bolt (aka Blackagar Boltagon - really), who has the ability to generate a concussive force through the use of his voice. The coup in getting Diesel to potentially play this role is that nerds need not fret about Marvel universe crossover: Groot only makes use of Diesel's voice, but because of his powers, Black Bolt is essentially a mute.
Of course, as the trailers have teased, Groot doesn't have a whole lot to say other than "I am Groot." Nonetheless, Vin Diesel took it upon himself to learn how to say his characters catchphrase in Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, French, Russian and Latin American Spanish to better be a part of Guardians of the Galaxy's impending world domination.
Described as a supernatural action film. The Last Witch Hunter will star Diesel as an immortal witch hunter (naturally) who is seeking to stop a current NYC coven from unleashing a devastating plague on mankind. But he can't do it alone, and so must team up with his natural enemy, a female witch presumably played by Leslie.
According to the report, the scene was supposed to involve “a souped-up yellow Chevelle” that would race another can and “dramatically pop a wheelie, as bystanders stand right by the track and cheer.”
"Our family is big and strong but it won’t ever quite be whole again without Paul. All of us -- those who’ve been here from the start and those whose first FAST film is 7 -- wanted to create a special film for him and for you. We believe we have," the letter reads.
The original The Fast and the Furious film had a large-scale car race known as Race Wars, where Brian had to prove his worth to the Dom and the gang. It was an early promise of the auto insanity that would become the trademark of this franchise.
After rumors of unrest on the set of Fast and Furious 7, Vin Diesel has responded with an indirect statement. A statement that explains why if the rumors are true, they aren't without reason.
Vin Diesel’s Facebook page remains a hotbed of information for all of his upcoming projects, from Fast and Furious 7 to Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, where he’ll play Groot. Wan reportedly is finishing up production on the latest Fast film, which will be in theaters on April 10, 2015.
We've previously reported that director James Wan would be able to finish the film thanks to the help of Walker's real-life family, and now we have photographic proof of how this might work, thanks to Vin Diesel.