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Vin Diesel is Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy

By April Neale Dec 22, 2013, 10:22 GMT

Vin Diesel is Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy

Vin Diesel is Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy

Vin Diesel, the 'Fast & Furious' actor who has been mourning his late co-star Paul Walker, has some happy news for fans.

Diesel is cast as a wise tree in upcoming Marvel movie, Groot

After weeks of speculation on whether he was playing The Vision or Thanos, Diesel finally give a hint on his Facebook page that he would be playing the voice of Groot in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

Deadline confirmed that Diesel will play the tree-like alien Groot.

His casting was officially confirmed by Marvel Studios on Saturday. The movie, based on the comic-book superhero group of the same name, is directed by James Gunn (Slither) and slated for release in theaters Aug. 1.

"Vin Diesel is a super awesome dude. I can't tell you how much I like this guy," Gunn wrote on a post to his Instagram account with a picture of the actor and a bust of Groot.

Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers in 1960, Groot can communicate with plants and has powers of regeneration and growth, has a penchant for saying "I am Groot!" and is best pals with fellow Guardian Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper in the upcoming movie.)



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