Vin Diesel joins Muscle action-comedy franchise
STXfilms, a division of Robert Simonds’ STX Entertainment, announced today that Vin Diesel will star in its new action-comedy franchise Muscle.
“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.”
STXfilms’ SVP of Production Drew Simon and Director of Development Kate Vorhoff will oversee the film’s production. Diesel and One Race Films’ Samantha Vincent will also serve as producers on Muscle, along with producers Reginald Hudlin and Byron Phillips who brought the project to STX. There is no word yet on when production will start on the film.
Diesel has starred in and produced the five highest-grossing films in the massively successful The Fast and the Furious franchise. He voices ‘Groot’ in both the Guardians of the Galaxy films and appears in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. He will begin shooting Sony’s Bloodshot this summer and then star in and produce xXx4.
STXfilms’ recent releases include global box office hits The Foreigner with Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, A Bad Moms Christmas starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, the Academy Award-nominated Molly’s Game starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, Den of Thieves with Gerard Butler and Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, I Feel Pretty starring Amy Schumer, and the upcoming Adrift starring Shailene Woodley.
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