Update: With the start of production set for July, the casting process for the comic book movie Bloodshot is drawing some new faces. Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver, above), Michael Sheen (Passengers) and Sam Heughan (TV’s Outlander) are all in talks to join the cast, according to Variety. Here’s all we know, drawn from our previous posts on the film.
Who will star?
Back in March, Vin Diesel was confirmed to star in the sci-fi/action movie, based on Valiant comic books, per Deadline. The star of such continuing series as xXx and, in vocal form, Guardians of the Galaxy thus added another comic book role to his docket. The choice of Diesel isn’t random, though, as Bloodshot will be produced by the Fast and Furious franchise’s Neal Moritz.
The actor has not been seen on the big screen so far this year, though he could be heard voicing teen Groot, of Guardians, in Avengers: Infinity War and also reprising his vocal part as the Iron Giant for Steven Spielberg’s pop culture mash-up Ready Player One.
What’s the background?
Sony is banking big on Bloodshot being the start of a new five-film cinematic universe based on Valiant comics, including Harbinger. The studio had initially planned to kick things off in 2017.
Diesel will portray a military operative controlled by nanotechnology in his bloodstream who suddenly gets his memories and mobility back. He is then charged with the responsibility to recruit outcasts who are superpowered, known as “harbingers.”
We haven’t heard any specifics about the roles that Gonzalez (above in a NSFW clip from Baby Driver), Sheen and Heughan might be playing in the movie. But there’s a possibility that their roles might be involved in other films that are being planned in Sony’s new cinematic universe. Will any of them be introduced as a supporting character in Bloodshot and then spin-off into their own movie in a starring role? Time will tell.
Who was previously touted for the starring role?
Who will direct?
Bloodshot is being pushed as being in the tradition of recent R-rated superhero hits like Logan and Deadpool as well as action movies such as John Wick. Dave Wilson, a visual effects guy who worked with Deadpool helmer Tim Miller at Blur Studios, is attached to direct from a script by Oscar-nominated writer Eric Heisserer (Arrival). Their take on the comic will also reportedly be inspired by R-rated sci-fi blockbusters of the ’80s and ’90s, namely RoboCop, Total Recall and the Terminator movies.
When can we see it?
Sony has not yet set an official release date. With production starting in July, though, it’s likely to open in theaters later in 2019 or early in 2020.