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'Bloodshot' Movie Targets Vin Diesel for the Lead Role

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That's the latest comic book-related rumor doing the rounds online, with The Wrap claiming that Diesel has now entered talks to star in Bloodshot, presumably at the expense of Jared Leto.

Vin Diesel is now in talks to star in Bloodshot, one of two planned films (so far) that will kickstart the Valiant superhero movie universe.

Sony has long planned to translate the character of Bloodshot, an amnesiac super soldier from the pages of Valiant Comics, onto the big screen. In order to keep him obedient, the secret government organization known as Project Rising Spirit implants Bloodshot with false memories before each mission. A former soldier who has been enhanced with nano-technology, Bloodshot can regenerate from nearly any wound, and he can adjust to accommodate the harshest of environments.

Could Vin Diesel be the one to spearhead Sony's fledgling Valiant universe?

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'Bloodshot' Movie Targets Vin Diesel for the Lead Role

The character was created by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton in 1992 and the film is expected to be a hard R in terms of its rating. The company returned in 2012 as Valiant Entertainment and brought back numerous characters it created in the 90s.

However, exciting as it may be to imagine Diesel kicking butt in a R-rated comic book movie riddled with bullets and nanotechnology, it's worth remembering that his casting has yet to be confirmed. Jason Kothari and Dinesh Shamdasani of Valiant are executive producing. He's also tasked with rounding up "harbingers", superpowered outcasts; hence, cinematic universe. In recent years, the Bloodshot comics have focused less on this character being an all-powerful killing machine and more on this character reckoning with the fact that he is an all-powerful killing machine and what that means for his soul.

Bloodshot is being written by Arrival's Eric Heisserer and directed by Dave Wilson, the partner of Deadpool's Tim Miller at Blur Studios. Taking the role would make a lot of sense for Diesel, not least because his Fast & Furious collaborator Neal Moritz has already boarded Bloodshot as a producer.

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