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Vin Diesel has teased a huge role for Groot in the next instalment of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Here's an exclusive clip from our chat with the Hollywood action man.
Diesel, who voices the character, was asked what he knew about the Guardians 3 - which has been dogged by delays and doubts over the involvement of director James Gunn.
"Two words," Diesel told LADbible. "Alpha Groot," hinting at the quite literal growth of the character into a potentially significant role, rather than the bit part he's so far played in the Marvel Universe.
Gunn is firmly on board for the project, which is expected to be released in 2021 - although little else has been confirmed. Diesel's reveal suggests work is well underway though.
The original Groot actually died at the end of the first Guardians film, but his son, Baby Groot, was introduced for the sequel. He was then featured as a sprouting - and rebellious - teenager in Avengers: Infinity War. He was killed by Thanos' Snap in that film, but not before providing his arm for the handle of Thor's Stormbreaker axe - but was later resurrected in Avengers: Endgame.
Groot - and the rest of the Guardians - were seen heading off into space with new recruit Thor at the end of that film.
Diesel has been voicing the character from the very first film, but is currently gearing up for the release of Fast & Furious 9, which drops May 22.
The Fast franchise pits Diesel's Dom Toretto against John Cena, who plays his evil (and very dangerous) brother.
Diesel said the physical scenes with the former WWE star were 'an honour' to perform.
"He's a big guy," he told LADbible. "Throwing him around was not an easy task. Being able to do the physical combat scenes with a veteran like himself will be such a treat for the fans."
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