Marvel has officially confirmed that American actor, Vin Diesel will lend his voice to an extraterrestrial, sentient tree-like creature, Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy.

 The star of the Fast and the Furious and Riddick franchises will lend his voice to Groot in Marvel’s live-action Guardians of the Galaxy, rounding out the team that includes Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista).

Vin Diesel Confirmed To Voice Groot In Guardians Of The Galaxy 1

“Featured in four of the six movies in the fan-favorite Fast & Furious franchise, Diesel has helped the series gross over $2 billion at the box office; and will reprise his role in Fast & Furious 7.

Diesel’s most recent film, Riddick, the third film in the franchise that has so far earned a cumulative $267.3 million across the globe, debuted this year at the top of the box office.

In addition to lending his voice to several video games, Diesel’s received great acclaim for his voice work in the celebrated animated film The Iron Giant, directed by Brad Bird.”

“In the far reaches of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an unlikely cast of characters including Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon must join forces to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions.

Directed by James Gunn, the live-action Guardians of the Galaxy will take fans to new corners of the Marvel Universe when it hits theaters August 1, 2014.

In addition to Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on July 31, 2015.”


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Source: Marvel.

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