It's not uncommon for actors to take on multiple comic book franchises over the course of their respective careers. Chris Evans did it with the Fantastic Four and Captain America films, while Ryan Reynolds has been in all sorts of comic book movies ranging from Green Lantern to Blade: Trinity to Deadpool. Now it looks like Vin Diesel may soon join that club as well, as the Guardians of the Galaxy voice actor is reportedly in talks to join Sony's Bloodshot movie in the Valiant universe.
Sony's five-film Valiant universe of heroes has become one of the weirder potential projects on the horizon, and it seems to be taking one major step towards becoming a reality. Specifically, reports indicate that Vin Diesel is aiming to re-team with Fast and Furious producer Neal Moritz for Dave Wilson's Bloodshot movie. Not much else is known about the project beyond these critical players, but Diesel's potential involvement is a huge first step.
As we already mentioned, this report from The Wrap about taking on the role of Bloodshot would mark Vin Diesel's second foray into the world of comic book filmmaking. While Bloodshot would allow him the chance to portray a live-action superhero for the very first time, he has already worked in the genre with his tenure as Groot (and Baby Groot) in Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Vin Diesel's name is not the first that has been mentioned for the lead role in the Bloodshot movie. Other actors such as Mark Wahlberg and Oscar Isaac have reportedly been thrown into the mix as the movie has developed, and Jared Leto's name also recently entered into the equation as well. Vin Diesel ticks most (if not all) of the necessary boxes for a proper depiction of this bizarre, musclebound hero, so the possible casting choice makes quite a bit of sense.
For those of you who are less familiar with the source material, Bloodshot is one of Valiant's most bloody, brutal, and downright weird heroes. A former soldier who has been enhanced with nano-technology, Bloodshot can regenerate from almost any wound, and he can adjust to accommodate the harshest of environments.
Rumors related to the film have suggested that it's very much going to embrace that concept by taking on the aesthetic and atmosphere of an R-rated science-fiction romp in the vein of Paul Verhoeven films like Robocop or Total Recall. Given the fact that Vin Diesel rose to prominence in action films like Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, that seems like a solid return to form.
CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to the Bloodshot movie (which is aiming for a 2019 release) as more information about Sony's burgeoning Valiant universe becomes available to us. As for Vin Diesel's current tenure as a superhero, he will provide his vocal chops to teenage Groot when Avengers: Infinity War debuts in theaters later this year on May 4, 2018. Here's everything that we currently know about the next major Avengers team-up.
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