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Vin Diesel set to take the lead in Soldiers of the Sun

15 August 2013

Following reports that Vin Diesel is in talks to voice the role of Groot in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy comes word that the Fast & Furious franchise star will play the lead role in Soldiers of the Sun.

Not only that, Diesel will serve as producer alongside Transformers franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura with the hopes of launching an "ensemble-type franchise series".

The Hollywood Reporter report that Universal has picked up the rights to the science fiction action franchise which boasts a spec script written by Arash Amel that is set in a post-apocalyptic future and follows a squad of soldiers struggling to liberate Mexico from an alien race, while also searching for a legendary city of gold.

Amel penned the forthcoming biopic Grace of Monaco that focuses on the life of Grace Kelly and is said to be writing the sequel to Will Smith's I Am Legend.

Diesel returns to cinemas with the long awaited David Twohy directed Riddick which hits on September 4.

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