Ok, the title is misleading, how about this one: Theory: Vin Diesel as a Voice in Guardians of the Galaxy

Despite my last theory that Diesel could be the Vision or even Ultron in the Avengers 2, a few hints from both the actor himself and James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, seem to point he will be announced as portraying the voice of one of the Guardians of the Galaxy, namely Groot or Rocket Raccoon.

But Chris, why would you ever say that? Elementary, my dear reader, elementary. At the end of SDCC 2013, during a press conference for GotG,  James Gunn leaned over to Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, and was able to say that casting news for both Rocket Raccoon and Groot is coming Tomorrow, next week-ish.” That’s pretty soon, but why didn’t they do any announcing during SDCC? That’s the real question and I predict Hollywood politics. Negotiations about actors and payment and all that stuff we never really think about as filmgoers. Another thought is that they didn’t want that news to be overshadowed by Joss’ surprise appearance and Avengers 2 announcement. But I digress from the clues in front of us.

Today’s date is July 22, a week or so from the end of the month. This coincides with Vin Diesel’s statement prior to the Marvel press conference about his meetings with Marvel that “There is some very big news coming at the end of this month.” The end of the month is only a week or so away. And then magically a line appears that could very possibly connect the actor with the Marvel Studios film.

These two statements were made apart from each other at separate SDCC panels, meaning that each person doesn’t know what the other said and we shouldn’t be making this connection, or we’re jumping to conclusions and may be totally off our mark. After all the other announcements this weekend that isn’t too far out of reach for even us.

Vin isn’t a stranger to voice acting as well, so this role wouldn’t be too much of a stretch for the guy. He has a distinct, memorable voice as well that can really get a point across. I could see him playing Groot before the Rocket Raccoon, honestly. Diesel voiced the Iron Giant in the movie with the same title from the late 90’s, and that deep gravely sound he has fits the one-note character. It also doesn’t help that my concept of how Rocket should sound comes from Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, in which he was more Australian-accented. He needs a more lively voice with accent and theater, which I don’t think the actor can muster (but I’ve been proven wrong).

So there you have it, a theory with a few facts sprinkled in there leading to what may be some fun news before August. We may find out sooner than later. Who do YOU think Diesel should be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

PS: Forgive the icon, Groot is much more of a BA in the newest concept art.

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