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Things We Saw Today: Vin Diesel Could Play Bloodshot, Help Launch Valiant Comics Universe

Vin Diesel had a very good year as the top-grossing actor of 2017. So he must seem like a sure bet to Sony as they look to kick off a new cinematic universe based on Valiant Comics.

Diesel is in talks to for the role of Bloodshot, a super-soldier type that Uproxx neatly summarizes as “a soldier whose body is enhanced by hundreds of millions of nanobots which give him inhuman strength, a Wolverine-style healing factor, and the ability to interface with any technology.” Bloodshot is a little Wolverine, a little Winter Soldier, a lot Punisher. So he has the potential to do pretty well on-screen, all things considered.

Sony is looking to generating a whole lucrative and as-yet unexplored cinematic comics sandbox of its own. The plan apparently seems to be to first make a Harbinger film drawn from 2012’s “Harbinger War” storyline, and, we assume, if all goes well, to move onto a solo Bloodshot movie. I’d give Diesel a lot more to say than his turns as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, especially since Sony has committed to going in an R-rated direction. Frankly, I hope the amiable Diesel signs up so that we’re not subjected to Jared Leto as Bloodshot.

(via Uproxx, image: Universal/Valiant)

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