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Vin Diesel Joins ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ as Groot

Marvel actioner due out Aug. 1

Marvel Studios has confirmed that Vin Diesel will voice the giant tree character Groot in the live-action “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

“Guardians” is directed by James Gunn. The superhero tentpole, starring Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax and Bradley Cooper as Rocket Racoon, will be released by Disney on Aug. 1, 2014.

Diesel has previously voiced several videogames and “Iron Giant.”

Diesel posted a picture of himself and the Groot character — which he had been rumored to be playing — on his Facebook page Saturday before Marvel confirmed the casting.

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