Vin Diesel is reportedly in talks to star in Sony Pictures’ film adaptation of the Valiant comic book, Bloodshot.
Sources confirm to IGN that Sony is in early talks with Diesel to star in the main role of Ray Garrison (aka Bloodshot) in Sony’s upcoming adaptation of the Valiant franchise. Once a ruthless killer for the mob, Garrison eventually becomes the super-soldier known as Bloodshot after being enhanced with nanotechnology. Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton created the character in 1992.
Though The Wrap is reporting a hard-R big budget film in the style of Logan, IGN cannot yet confirm such details are in fact the plan for the film.
IGN has reached out to Sony Pictures for official comment and will update this story if we hear back.
Bloodshot is set to serve as the first entry in a series shared universe of films based on Valiant’s comics. Dave Wilson will direct the film from a screenplay by Arrival’s Eric Heisserer. If Diesel does end up joining the movie, he’ll reunite with longtime Fast and Furious producer Neal Moritz, who’s producing Bloodshot along with Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani.
It was reported last year that Jared Leto was in talks for the role of Bloodshot. A few of the other actors Sony reportedly wanted to lead the film include Mark Wahlberg, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Oscar Isaac.
Bloodshot will be followed by a Harbinger movie adaptation, also written by Heisserer. The story follows a group of teens on the run who have superpowers.
The Wrap first reported Diesel’s discussions for casting.