Fresh off the news that Inhumans is apparently still happening, it sounds like Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel is already setting his sights on another Marvel character. The actor campaigned his way into Guardians of the Galaxy to land the role of Groot, but as that’s just a voice part (in which he’s essentially unrecognizable), there’s really nothing to say he couldn’t play someone else.
For a while now, Diesel has been dropping hints about wanting to play Black Bolt. While those who aren’t fans of the actor may recoil at the thought of that, the leader of the Inhumans doesn’t speak, and only really needs to be a formidable presence on screen. Like him or not, it’s fair to say that Diesel is more than capable of that.
Regardless, in a recent interview, the actor appears to have confirmed that he has indeed discussed the role with Marvel:
“I can totally be something [else] with Marvel. I think playing that role only makes Marvel that much more excited and me having my experience with Marvel, seeing how great they were, makes me more excited. We’ve heard a lot of talk about Marvel wanting to have me play a character that doesn’t have my voice. So my voice is used for Groot and my presence is used for the other character.”
It’s hard to say whether Diesel is confirming talks or just continuing his campaign to land the role, but he clearly believes Marvel wants him to play Black Bolt in Inhumans. With the status of the movie at least somewhat unclear as of right now though, time will tell if this becomes a reality for him the same way Groot did.