Fast and Furious franchise star Vin Diesel will star in STX’s new action-comedy Muscle which will be produced by the actor and Samantha Vincent through their One Race Films. Also producing will be Reginald Hudlin and Byron Phillips who brought the project to STX which is looking to make the IP into a franchise. The storyline for the comedy is being kept under wraps but the writers are Scott Taylor and Wesley Jermaine Johnson.
“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 in making the announcement. “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’ Senior VP of production Drew Simon and Director of Development Kate Vorhoff will oversee the film’s production.
Not only has Diesel starred in and produced (this is Neal Moritz’s baby) the five highest-grossing films in the massively successful Fast franchise bu the also voices the character ‘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.
Diesel is represented by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Taylor and Johnson are repped by manager Sheree Guitar Entertainment and law firm Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.