It looks like the video footage of Vin Diesel practicing his stilt-walking technique on the set of Fast and Furious 7 wasn’t just a smokescreen. The rumor mill reignited when Diesel posted the image above to his Facebook feed early yesterday. Shortly thereafter, director James Gunn added more fuel to the fire by tweeting the following:
Vin Diesel is a super awesome dude. I can't tell you how much I like this guy. http://t.co/5DGVcrEXFN
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 21, 2013
Finally, Marvel confirmed yesterday that the Riddick star will be voicing Groot, the living tree, in Gunn’s forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, which hits theaters on August 1, 2014. Much like a Pokemon, the only thing Groot really says in the film is, well, “I am Groot!” According to Gunn’s Facebook page, that is all Diesel will be saying, but he noted that, “It is completely official. AND he’s amazing. I never knew someone could say I AM GROOT so many different ways and with such feeling (and that sounds like I’m kidding but I’m not!)”
It does sound like you’re kidding, James Gunn, but I’m going to go ahead and place my faith in you anyway. What do you guys think of Diesel’s casting? Sound off in the comments below or whisper “I am Groot” to me on Twitter.