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Vin Diesel is known for his almost Terminator-esque physique, but now it looks like he'll finally get to stretch his (metallic) wings and play a full-on robot.
Diesel will star in the action comedy "The Machine," which he'll also produce under his One Race Productions banner for MGM, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
An original script by "Reno 911" madmen Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (who also penned Diesel's hit "The Pacifier"), the story centers around "a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world's first true ultimate weapon. Twenty years after the project was buried and decommissioned for reasons unknown, The Machine is discovered by a kid who befriends him. When the government learns it has been reactivated, the Machine must protect the family harboring him."
Is it just us, or does this plot more-than-a-little resemble that of "The Iron Giant," Brad Bird's 1999 animated classic also about a kid protecting a robot voiced by … Vin Diesel! Knowing Lennon and Garant, we would not be surprised if there is a nod or two towards "Iron Giant."
"The Machine" could lens in the fall, and is part of a new era of Diesel domination after back-to-back "Fast and Furious" hits. He'll continue his onscreen path of destruction murdering some gnarly aliens in the next installment of "Riddick" before climbing aboard back-to-back European-set "Fast and Furious" sequels. Long live the Deez!