Talk about late to the party! Marvel Studios has finally confirmed what fandom has known at least since August: Vin Diesel is voicing the CGI character Groot the living tree in next summer’s live-action film, Guardians of the Galaxy.
Perhaps recognizing that there’s not much to add, Marvel’s press release about the casting didn’t say much:
Vin Diesel is Groot! The star of the Fast and Furious and Riddick franchises will lend his voice to Groot in Marvel’s live-action Guardians of the Galaxy.
GotG director James Gunn confirmed the casting with a post on his Facebook page, adding:
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!)
The movie also stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Michael Rooker as Yondu and Karen Gillan as Nebula.
Guardians of the Galaxy opens Aug. 1, 2014.