While his Fast and Furious costar Dwayne Johnson is currently having huge success at the box office (and will soon be detouring with a Fast and Furious spin-off), Vin Diesel is looking at his own potential next franchise. The star of such continuing series as xXx and, in vocal form, Guardians of the Galaxy could reportedly add another comic book role to his docket. According to The Wrap, Diesel is in talks to star as the title character in Sony’s Bloodshot.
This isn’t just a hopeful property for the actor, whose 2018 releases seem only to include voicing teen Groot, of Guardians, in Avengers: Infinity War and also reprising his vocal part as the Iron Giant for Steven Spielberg’s pop culture mash-up Ready Player One. Sony is also banking big on Bloodshot being the start of a new five-film cinematic universe based on Valiant comics, including Harbinger. The studio had initially planned to kick things off in 2017.
Diesel is the latest name up for the part of a military operative controlled by nanotechnology in his bloodstream who suddenly gets his memories and mobility back. Previously, Jared Leto was in talks to lead the sci-fi action movie. Earlier, Sony reportedly had a wish list including Oscar Isaac, James McAvoy, Jake Gyllenhaal, Nicholas Hoult and Mark Wahlberg. The choice of Diesel isn’t random, though, as Bloodshot will be produced by the Fast and Furious franchise’s Neal Moritz.
Bloodshot is being pushed as being in the tradition of recent R-rated superhero hits like Logan and Deadpool and action movies such as John Wick. Dave Wilson, a visual effects guy who worked with Deadpool helmer Tim Miller at Blur Studios, is attached to direct from a script by Oscar-nominated writer Eric Heisserer (Arrival). Their take on the comic will also reportedly be inspired by R-rated sci-fi blockbusters of the ’80s and ’90s, namely RoboCop, Total Recall and the Terminator movies.