Vin Diesel Is Groot In Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy

Vin Diesel and Groot Vin Diesel and Groot

After months of rumors, Marvel has confirmed that Vin Diesel has been cast in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

The “Fast & Furious” star will voice (and provide motion-captured movements for) the character of Groot, an alien that resembles a massive walking tree with the ability to control plant life, regenerate and change his mass at will.

Vin set the Internet abuzz with speculation after posting a photo of the Marvel character on his Facebook page back in August.

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The actor joins a cast which includes Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Zoe Saldana as Gamora and Dave Bautista as Drax.

Benecio Del Toro will continue in his role as The Collector (as first seen in a post-credits scene of “Thor: The Dark World”), and Glenn Close will play Nova Prime.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” is set to hit theaters on August 1, 2014.

-- Erin O’Sullivan

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