Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige doesn’t give many public interviews, so when he spoke about the many casting rumors swirling around his movies, it caught our attention.
Let’s go through this one-by-one.
First there’s Vin Diesel. It’s been rumored for months that Diesel would play the tree-creature Groot in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Diesel has perpetuated those rumors with photos and videos on Facebook, where Diesel is one of the most popular actors in the world.
Feige said Diesel’s deal was “close” to being done.
“I think it’s close to being official for the Groot character,” he told the Huffington Post. “But, not 100 percent yet.”
How about Joseph Gordon-Levitt?
Reports surfaced this week that the “Looper” star, record executive and heartthrob was in contention play “Ant-Man” in Edgar Wright’s upcoming film.
Don’t get your hopes up.
“Sometimes it’s because we are legitimately talking, and sometimes it’s just because he’s a prominent actor out there now,” Feige said. “And lots of rumors surround prominent actors.”
OK, OK, what about Paul Rudd, another rumored “Ant-Man” in the making?
“Well, nothing is true yet,” Feige said. “I like Paul Rudd, too.”