Vin Diesel will star in STXfilms’ new action-comedy franchise, “Muscle,” the company announced Wednesday.
Diesel and One Race Films’ Samantha Vincent will serve as producers along with Reginald Hudlin and Byron Phillips, who brought the project to STX.
“I’ve known Vin for more than a decade after working closely with him on the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise and I’m excited for him to return to this genre,” said Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms. “‘Muscle’ is the perfect blend of action and comedy that his millions of devoted fans around the world have come to love him for, and we believe has the potential to become his next big, signature franchise.”
Diesel most recently voiced Groot in Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” and has starred in and produced the five highest-grossing films in the “Fast” franchise. He will next shoot Sony’s “Bloodshot” this summer and then star in and produce “xXx4.”
He is represented by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
STXfilms’ recent releases include “The Foreigner” with Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, “A Bad Moms Christmas” with Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, “Molly’s Game” starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba and “I Feel Pretty” starring Amy Schumer.
The studio will next release “Adrift” starring Shailene Woodley.