Vin Diesel dominated the weekend news cycle with major movie news for two upcoming films.
First off, Diesel was finally officially confirmed as the voice of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy. The newest franchise launching from Marvel Studios on August 1, 2014 features a motley crew of alien characters assembling to face the threat of Thanos and his minions. Diesel has been rumored and/or in talks to voice the anthropomorphic tree named Groot who can only say three words: "I AM GROOT" for several months. On a facebook post, director James Gunn posted the above image, saying, "Vin Diesel is a super awesome dude. I can't tell you how much I like this guy." Marvel followed-up by posting the news on Marvel.com. That means the only big question now is: assuming he has a speaking role this time around, who is playing Thanos?
And in other Vin Diesel news, the actor himself got back into the facebook game, posting the image above along with some news: Fast and Furious 7's new release date is April 10, 2015. That represents about a nine month delay for the film, following co-star Paul Walker's death. Diesel and Universal Studios have also confirmed that at least some of the scenes Walker filmed will still appear in the movie, as they try to give the actor (and his character Brian O'Connor) a proper send off. The image, Diesel said, was from the last scene he filmed with his co-star, who he has called his "brother" in public mourning since his accidental death in a high-speed car crash.
In non-Diesel movie news (But still Marvel Comics movie news), it turns out the X-Men: Days of Future Past reunion won't be quite as big as once thought, as Rogue, played by Anna Paquin, will not appear in the final cut of the movie. Director Brian Singer explained the cut to EW, telling them that Rogue only appeared in one scene, and that scene just didn't make it in.
"Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous," explains Singer. "It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it."
Singer did go on to say that she's "fantastic" and "awesome" and "a brilliant actress," but that's likely little consolation to fans of the actress or the character.