Vin Diesel's Bloodshot joined by Axe, the antagonist played by Fantastic Four's Toby Kebbell
Apparently, Kebbell's role in Diesel's 'Bloodshot' movie would be an antagonistic one - a character called Axe, who is linked to Project Rising Spirit and the Harbinger characters.
Vin Diesel, with his slew of high-grossing blockbusters, has undoubtedly established himself as a bonafide action star. But he will soon be moving on to fresher pastures experimenting with the superhero movie genre. As far as the big-budget comic book adaptations are concerned, the actor's only experience has been voicing Groot for Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' series.
Apart from this behind-the-scenes role, Diesel is relatively new to the superhero movie market. But that might soon change once he stars as Ray Garrison aka 'Bloodshoot' in Sony Pictures' upcoming blockbuster. While the fast and Furious actor will be taking on the lead role, Toby Kebbell has been cast as the antagonist, The Wrap reports.
Apparently, Kebbell's role is a character called Axe, who is linked to Project Rising Spirit and the Harbinger characters.
Who is Axe or Ax?
According to Valiant Comics description available online, "Ax is a young computer wizard who has been seen in different versions of the Valiant Universe. The original Valiant Comics version was an evil Harbinger who acted as a villain towards several different heroes. The rebooted Valiant Entertainment version is a more heroic political activist with no powers, who becomes an ally to the Harbinger Renegades. Another version of the character also exists in the future timeline.
Fans would probably remember Kebbell from his 'Fantastic Four' stint, starring as Doctor Doom in the movie directed by Josh Trank. Considering the bad to mediocre response the 2015 flick garnered at the box-office, hopefully, the 'Bloodshot' feature, based on characters appearing in the Valiant comics, would give Kebbell the much-needed second chance.
Indeed Diesel and Kebbel's addition is bound to bring in the star power - something that Sony would surely not mind at the moment. But asides these two, the studio is also ensuring to turn in an absolutely star-studded cast - and this includes Outlander’s Sam Heughan, veteran star Michael Sheen, and Baby Driver breakout Eiza Gonzalez.
In addition to the casting, some more information about the creative line of the movie has also made its way to the Internet. The word is that Dave Wilson, who is fresh to the genre and has previously worked on multiple video game trailers, will be serving as the director for Diesel's 'Bloodshot' movie while Neal H Moritz fills in as the producer.
If all goes well, Bloodshot might even be Sony's big-ticket entry into the current timeline of superhero movies. Production on the movie is expected to begin in July.