Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn took to Facebook earlier today and posted a pic of Vin Diesel next to a maquette of Groot (above), one of the films key characters. This picture confirmed Diesel’s role as the shape shifting tree creature who’s only form of speak are the words “I am Groot”. As if there was any question as to the reason Diesel be hugging it out with a humanoid tree, Gunn made some official comments and everything.
On Facebook, Gunn said,
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 director also addressed what was up with the late casting announcement.
He was never announced. 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. … Also I hope this puts to rest all the silly Thanos-Vin stuff which people just seemed to make up out of nothing.
At last, those ridiculous “Vin as Thanos” rumors are dead. Hooray for common sense!
And what’s the model of Groot that Vin is being buddy buddy with?
This was the bust we used for reference when shooting. It has changed slightly from this since we started animating him. … [It was made by] David White and his team based on Charlie Wen and his team’s designs.
The Marvel press release adds:
In the far reaches of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an unlikely cast of characters including Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon must join forces to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions. Directed by James Gunn, the live-action “Guardians of the Galaxy” will take fans to new corners of the Marvel Universe when it hits theaters August 1, 2014.