During an interview with Rukari Austin, Vin Diesel explained why he accepted the titular role of Valiant Comics’ Bloodshot.
Valiant Comics is set to launch its own cinematic universe with a Bloodshot film starring Vin Diesel in the lead role. The Fast & Furious franchise star explained that the quality of the script and the issues explored in the film were among the reasons he decided to portray the character:
“Well first of all it was a New York Times bestseller, and there’s something interesting about how the character doesn’t abandon his humanity. It’s not heightened reality, it’s based in reality. It deals with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder. The script was one of the most interesting scripts I’ve ever read. It plays with your mind in a way you can’t…that you don’t normally see in movies. It’s so complex. It’s so well written and so well developed.”
Producer Dinesh Shamdasani added that Vin Diesel and Bloodshot both have “larger than life” qualities, which make the actor the perfect choice for the role:
“It’s exactly what Vin’s talking about. The reason Bloodshot’s been so popular and so successful is that he isn’t an extraordinary human being who becomes a superhero. He’s an ordinary guy that through extraordinary situations becomes this larger than life character, and the thing that’s amazing about Vin is that even though you and I sitting here next to him and he’s a monster and he’s got the ‘it’ quality, on screen he has this amazing ability that you can watch him and say ‘man, I could be Vin. I could be that guy’ because he feels like us. And so that’s what really works with Bloodshot. You emote with him before he becomes Bloodshot.”
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Ray Garrison aka Bloodshot, a deceased soldier resurrected by weapons contractor Rising Spirit Technologies through the use of nanotechnology. Suffering from total memory loss but imbued with an array of staggering new abilities, Ray struggles to reconnect with who he was while learning what sort of weapon he has become…aided by a team of fellow augmented combatants codenamed Chainsaw.
Directed by Dave Wilson from a script written by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer, Bloodshot stars Vin Diesel, Sam Heughan, Guy Pearce, Eiza González, and Toby Kebbell.
Bloodshot is scheduled to be released in theaters on February 21, 2020.