For the last couple of years Vin Diesel has seemed content with just the Fast and Furious franchise (and maybe a Riddick here or there), but the actor is now gearing up for another major tentpole, which would give him a sole starring role. After being rumored for the gig over a year-and-a-half ago The Crazies director Breck Eisner is looking towards Diesel to star in a new action film.
The Wrap reports that Lionsgate-Summit have entered talks for Diesel to lead The Last Witch Hunter, from a script written by Cory Goodman, which ended up on the 2010 Black List and tells the story of “disparate covens of witches who have joined forces, leaving the protagonist to fight a force much larger than him to ensure the safety of mankind.”
I’m exhausted by the witch, vampire, etc. craze, but Eisner showed great talent in elevating The Crazies from what could have been an ultra-generic horror film into something with a strong sense of style. And hey, if this keeps him from his “gritty actioner” known as Stretch Armstrong, I’m all for it. I could easily see Diesel fighting off some witches, but I just don’t want this to head into Van Helsing territory.
Do you want to see Diesel in this role?