Welcome back to Friday Feature, IMAX fans!
In celebration of the return of action movie hero Xander Cage to IMAX® theatres, we’re spotlighting the past IMAX releases of mega-star Vin Diesel, who continues to thrill audiences with his latest film — xXx: Return of Xander Cage — set for release in IMAX starting today.
Before Diesel first donned the role of Cage in the original xXx in 2002, the star took on the role of Dominic Toretto in the worldwide blockbuster franchise Fast and the Furious. Two installments from the franchise — Fast and Furious 6 and Furious 7 — received IMAX releases in 2013 and 2015, respectively. The latter film went on to break IMAX records, becoming the largest April box-office opening for IMAX, with $20.8 million worldwide.
IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster commented on the record-breaking Furious 7 release saying, “We’d like to congratulate our partners at Universal Pictures, as well as director James Wan and producers Neal Moritz and Vin Diesel, for creating a highly-charged cinematic event that was perfectly suited to the IMAX format.”
Another now cult-classic role for Diesel was that of Richard B. Riddick — the post-apocalyptic bad-ass in the Riddick franchise, which last thrilled audiences with 2013’s Riddick. That film received an IMAX debut, not to mention a cool piece of exclusive art to celebrate the film’s initial release in IMAX theatres.
Last — but certainly not least — in the Diesel-IMAX film archive is Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which featured the iconic Diesel-voiced character Groot.
I mean, honestly, where would that loveable mutant plant — and really the film as a whole — be without Diesel’s varied interpretations of the line “I am Groot”? Diesel managed to create a fully fleshed-out character with just three simple words, displaying a wide range of emotions from rage to light playfulness to selfless heartbreak.
It’s a wonderfully nuanced performance, one that we’re super excited to re-visit when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits IMAX theatres on May 5.
Luckily, however, you won’t have to wait that long for another Diesel role, with The Fate of the Furious — the franchise’s eighth installment — launching into IMAX theatres on April 14.
Bring on the Diesel!
Andrew Stewart | Manager, Corporate Communications