Vin Diesel Cast as Bloodshot in Upcoming Movie

Vin Diesel is taking on a new comic book character role, and it looks like this time he’ll do more than say the same catchphrase. Diesel will be playing Bloodshot, Valiant Comics’ anti-hero. This project is the first of Valiant’s five-movie picture deal with Sony. David Wilson, a protégé of Deadpool director Tim Miller, will helm the movie.

Some other actors that have been confirmed so far include Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver), Michael Sheen (Underworld, The Twilight Saga), and Sam Heughan (Outlander). The movie will be based on a script by Eric Heisserer (Arrival). It’s expected to have themes similar to flicks such as RoboCop, The Terminator, and Total Recall. Sony seems to be targeting the R-rated crowd for this franchise, too.

Bloodshot was originally created by Bob Layton, Kevin VanHook, and Don Perlin during the ‘90s comic book craze. The titular character is an amnesiac super-soldier who has “nanites” for blood that make him strong and virtually invincible. If that sounds familiar, it’s because he’s an amalgam of two Marvel characters: Deadpool and Wolverine. Valiant hopes to attract superhero movie fans with this sense of familiarity.

Diesel went on record to say he’s been looking for other franchises outside Fast and Furious (FF). Other multi-film titles under his belt include XXX and Riddick, which has gotten extensive coverage here on The Bajan Reporter, too.

So far, none of these have attained the same level of box office success as the FF series. Guardians of the Galaxy is different due in part to the fact he only provided voice acting for the franchise.

Diesel may have a decent shot this time with David Wilson at the helm. Critical Hit specified that he was also involved in Avengers: Age of Ultron as visual effects director. Fans can rest assured that this is a man who can work his way around a big budget superhero movie. Furthermore, Wilson is one of the creative forces behind Blur Studios, which created cinematic scenes for video games like Star Wars: The Old Republic and Tom Clancy’s The Division. He may be a rookie director but his mentor, Tim Miller, impressed Deadpool audiences with his deft touch. His experience working with Miller will prove useful for his debut film. It certainly looks like Bloodshot is in good hands.

Another factor that’s working in Bloodshot’s favor is the hype surrounding the superhero. Cinemablend reports that Diesel has posted about the character on Instagram to generate interest among his fans. The series also extends its reach via other digital channels. FoxyBingo is well known for its superhero inspired games which includes a Bloodshot title. The game began to generate awareness about the character even before the movie was officially announced. There’s also the YouTube live-action series, where Jason David Frank played the character. If this growth keeps up, fans might get to see the superhero a lot more in the lead up to the movie’s release.

It appears Bloodshot has the potential to be a household name, just like the current popular characters from superhero movies. This is even more probable if you consider David Wilson’s creative expertise combined with Diesel’s badassery on the big screen. As of this moment though, the ball is in Sony’s court to stir up further excitement by releasing a trailer. Stay tuned!

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