Sony is fast-tracking Vin Diesel's 'Bloodshot'; Michael Sheen and Eiza Gonzalez join the cast

Vin Diesel-led Bloodshot movie seems to be finally picking up steam and the latest update is that three new names have been added to the cast: Outlander’s Sam Heughan, veteran star Michael Sheen, and Baby Driver breakout Eiza Gonzalez.

With superhero movie franchises becoming a box office rage, thanks to the ever-expansive, inter-connected and vast Marvel and DC cinematic universes, it only made sense that other competitors in the industry too invested in their own adaptations.

And looks like Sony Pictures and Valiant Comics are doing exactly that.

Reports about a Bloodshot film had first surfaced in January this year with rumor mills heavily speculating the Fast and Furious actor’s involvement with the project in a lead star’s capacity. Now that Diesel’s casting has been confirmed, the studio is bringing in more creative members on board.

Vin Diesel will be joined by Outlander’s Sam Heughan, veteran star Michael Sheen, and Baby Driver breakout Eiza Gonzalez (Getty Images)
Vin Diesel will be joined by Outlander’s Sam Heughan, veteran star Michael Sheen, and Baby Driver breakout Eiza Gonzalez (Getty Images)

Interestingly, the film will be helmed by Dave Wilson who is fresh to the genre and has previously worked on multiple video game trailers. Neal H Moritz will serve as the producer with production expected to begin sometime in July.

Apart from the casting update, very little is known about the project. Meanwhile, the comic’s fans have already been treated to what can be considered as the first look of Diesel’s anti-hero in the form of a concept art by popular Internet illustrator, BossLogic.

“Worked with @ComicBook on @vindiesel as #bloodshot for the rumored movie casting, I actually would like to see this,” he had captioned the fan art, making fans wild with excitement.

Following the lukewarm reception of its Spider-Man films – although its collaboration with Marvel on Spider-Man: Homecoming was quite successful – Sony has been trying to breaking free from the idealistic character mold by following in the footsteps of the recent R-rated adaptations like Deadpool and Logan.

Hopefully, with Bloodshot – who has been described as a violent but heroic super-soldier in the Valiant Universe – the studio will be able to weave a more complex, relatable franchise, tapping in the market for anti-hero-based storylines in the process.

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