UPDATE #2: Vin Diesel Makes It Official “I Am Groot” In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

<font color="red">UPDATE #2:</font> Vin Diesel Makes It Official “I Am Groot” In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Revealing a movie-accurate bust of the sentient tree-like character, Vin Diesel has implied that his deal with Marvel has closed and he's started work on Guardians of the Galaxy by posing with Groot!

For months, Vin Diesel has teased working with Marvel on a yet-unknown intellectual property and voicing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy. However, up until today, the Fast and the Furious star was the only one confirming the latter, while director James Gunn and Marvel producer Kevin Feige declared he was all but confirmed. Well, both Diesel and Gunn have made it official today with a photo of the actor posing with a movie-accurate bust of the walking, talking tree-like character.

“Vin Diesel is a super awesome dude, I can't tell you how much I like this guy,” commented James Gunn via Facebook. “I hope this [photo] puts to rest all the silly Thanos-Vin stuff which people just seemed to make up out of nothing.” The director adds that Diesel was never announced initially: “He said he wanted to do it and we said we were talking to him. Everything else was people guessing and thinking they knew what was going to happen” After confirming that recording sessions for Groot have already begun, Gunn also made note about the Groot bust featured beside Vin Diesel in the photo: “This was the bust we used for reference when shooting. It has changed slightly from this since we started animating him.” What do you think?

UPDATE: In case the photo and comments from James Gunn weren't a good enough indication, Marvel.com has clarified that Vin Diesel will indeed voice Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy.

UPDATE #2: James Gunn has also offered another statement on Vin Diesel's finalized casting:
“Yep 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!)”

“Guardians of the Galaxy,” the next epic adventure from Marvel Studios has started shooting at the UK’s Shepperton Studios. Directed by James Gunn (“Slither,” “Super”) from his screenplay, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn, the film will introduce audiences to a whole new side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt (“Zero Dark Thirty”, “Moneyball”) as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek Into Darkness”, “Avatar”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Riddick”) as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit,” “Lincoln”) as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (BBC TV’s “Doctor Who”) as Nebula, two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Amistad”, “Gladiator”) as Korath, with Academy Award® winner Benicio del Toro (“Traffic”) as The Collector, Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly (“Chicago”) as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs,” “Fatal Attraction”) as Nova Prime. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is slated for an August 1, 2014 release in the U.S. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Alan Fine & Stan Lee; the co-producer is Nik Korda. The creative team includes director of photography Ben Davis, BSC (“Wrath of the Titans”, “Kick-Ass”), production designer Charles Wood (“Thor: The Dark World”), BAFTA-nominated Editor Fred Raskin (“Django Unchained,” “Fast Five”) and Academy Award-winning editor Hughes Winborne, A.C.E. (“The Help,” “Crash”), and Academy Award winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Elizabeth The Golden Age”).
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MrCBM56 - 12/21/2013, 2:04 PM
About [frick]ing time! LOL

Isn't funny how Vin looks like groot and Cooper looks like Rocket? haha

Can't wait for this!
TheMightyTroy - 12/21/2013, 2:04 PM
MrCBM56 - 12/21/2013, 2:06 PM
Groot will look amazing!
MrReese - 12/21/2013, 2:07 PM
MrCBM56 - 12/21/2013, 2:07 PM
I also think how Pratt, Bautista, and Saldana worked together on set, Cooper and Vin will work together in Mo-Cap and voice acting.
ezio619 - 12/21/2013, 2:09 PM
MRCBM-yeah but gunn had his brother and someone else stand in for groot and rocket so pratt and everyone else could have someone to bounce off
Knightrider - 12/21/2013, 2:09 PM
Should bee well suited for the role, his acting is as stiff as a tree.


Thank you I will be here all night...well technically it is still morning here, but you get my meaning.
ezio619 - 12/21/2013, 2:10 PM
due to the death of Paul walker(rip) the negotiations might have been delayed
TheManFromMars - 12/21/2013, 2:11 PM
I hope the trailer is officially released soon.
McNyagano - 12/21/2013, 2:12 PM

Groot looks sick!!! I hope we get a trailer soon!!! :D
Rhysno1 - 12/21/2013, 2:19 PM
That looks [frick]ing incredible
CharlesLord - 12/21/2013, 2:21 PM
I dont know if this confirms him as groot or if its really just a misdirect....
Ramiel - 12/21/2013, 2:25 PM
Groot looks great!
Invictor - 12/21/2013, 2:31 PM
I must say, Groot looks amazing.
Enphlieuwince - 12/21/2013, 2:31 PM
CharlesLord is right. This does not confirm what he signed on for yet...
Joementum - 12/21/2013, 2:32 PM
Good lookin Groot.

Betting its 100% CGI. Silly me..I actually prefer the Yoda puppets to the CGI prequel stuff.
Invictor - 12/21/2013, 2:32 PM
For those of you doubting Diesel, he's actually playing Groot. This was him prepping for the role of Groot:

Geotheleo - 12/21/2013, 2:32 PM
I hope the movie shows enhanced groot.. Like say he dies (blows up) and comes back miraculously completely vamped up more tree like with branches jutting out his back and elbows and knees
MsDarkPhoenix - 12/21/2013, 2:33 PM
Something is going on. Nobody has officially said that Vin Diesel is going to voice Groot... If he was just Groot they would have announced it already. Is he Thanos?? Or is he voicing both Groot and Thanos (well, Groot doesn't have a lot of lines!)?
Matchow - 12/21/2013, 2:34 PM
I can't wait to see this.
Scorn - 12/21/2013, 2:35 PM
Vin diesel's acting is wooden.
McNyagano - 12/21/2013, 2:36 PM
thunderforce - 12/21/2013, 2:37 PM
This movie is going to be awesome .
DCMarvelFreshman - 12/21/2013, 2:37 PM
It's pretty obvious Diesel will be voicing Groot. Still, it's very possible that he'll be voicing an additional character. When Thanos was suggested, Gunn said "that's not only untrue, but it's an awful (or ridiculous) idea"
HurricaneXavier - 12/21/2013, 2:39 PM
There is no reason he can't voice Groot and motion caption Thanos.
Omarvls - 12/21/2013, 2:42 PM
Groot looks AMAZING
TheVirgin - 12/21/2013, 2:45 PM
Groot looks scary! Which is awesome!!!
spidey1994 - 12/21/2013, 2:45 PM
Damn how long did it take them to officially announce it! lol Awesome!
Omarvls - 12/21/2013, 2:46 PM
Biggest Gamble for Marvel but if it works WOW Marvel goes COSMIC (Adam Warlock-Nova Corps-The Enemy Michael Korvac) And it would be GREAT news for DC/WB too because they would move forward with a Green Lantern reboot
ThePowerCosmic - 12/21/2013, 2:47 PM
Wow, Groot looks freaking awesome!
Maestro - 12/21/2013, 2:49 PM

Invictor - 12/21/2013, 2:51 PM

Hmm, I never actually thought about that.
Maestro - 12/21/2013, 2:53 PM
As others have already said, Groot looks AWESOME.
Geotheleo - 12/21/2013, 2:55 PM
3DWitchHunt - 12/21/2013, 2:55 PM
I want that Groot bust!
charlie2094 - 12/21/2013, 2:56 PM
Groot looks awesome! About time, we kind of knew this months ago, so there's definitely more to Diesels role than just Groot. Probably why we haven't had any confirmation, given the future film Diesel has talked about before...definitely Groot, just wonder who else
NovaCorpsFan - 12/21/2013, 3:02 PM
Why is there doubt over this?
dckizzle - 12/21/2013, 3:03 PM
Who cares he's a horrible actor all he does is car movies lol
Omarvls - 12/21/2013, 3:03 PM
Let me say it 1 more time Groot Looks AMAZING
Top Film of 2014?
Pharaoh - 12/21/2013, 3:05 PM
Awesome Vin is the sort of guy who knows how to make this work. His voice is perfect for Groot and he knows exactly how to switch his delivery so that his one line "I AM GROOT" means something different each time he says it relative to how he says it, bring it on...
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