Vin Diesel has confirmed that he will be playing giant tree alien Groot in the new Guardians Of The Galaxy film.

The Fast And Furious actor, 46, shared the news with fans by posting a photo of himself hugging a life-size model of the Marvel character on his Facebook page.

Director James Gunn tweeted yesterday: ‘[Vin] is a super awesome dude. I can’t tell you how much I like this guy.’

Marvel also put out a press release confirming that Vin Diesel would be joining the cast of the movie.

Vin Diesel has been dropping hints for months that he will be starring in an upcoming Marvel film and let the cat out of the bag in October that he would be playing Groot.

In a video posted to Facebook, he said: ‘Even though my father taught me there are no small roles, only small actors, I have one line in the movie but that doesn’t mean anything.

‘I’m still going to make it the best thign I possibly can even if it means taking Andy Serkis to a whole other level, which is what we want to do with our motion capture.’

Groot is a creature that can control trees and absorb wood to gain power and heal from injuries.

Vin Diesel will be joining Chris Pratt in the lead role as Peter Quill/Star-Lord along with Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Benicio del Toro and John C Reilly.

Guardians Of The Galaxy is scheduled to be released on August 1, 2014.

source: metro UK