Guardians of the Galaxy little baby Groot is ready to play with the big boys.
The Monarch of Planet X sacrificed himself to save his fellow Guardians at the end of the 2014 blockbuster, but, thanks to his pal Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), the Flora Colossus wasn't completely destroyed. Now a teeny tiny fledgling of a tree, Groot (Vin Diesel) will join Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), and Rocket when they embark on their next adventure in 2017.
Sadly, the little sapling won't be quite a carbon copy of his former self.
When asked if Groot is actually Groot, Groot's son, or someone different, writer/director James Gunn took his answer from every teen's favorite Facebook status - "it's complicated." What's more, Gunn also revealed that Baby Groot won't have any of his old memories, which is a development that will surely come as a gut punch for Rocket.
Despite Groot's diminutive size and Diesel's sonorous vocals, the actor will continue to lend his voice to the hero.
"Vin is an actor and capable of doing many voices," Gunn explained in a Facebook Q&A. "His Carol Channing is famous in Hollywood."
Flora Colossus are known for their seeming inability to say anything other than "I am Groot," but that is merely thanks to their tight larynxes. There is meaning behind the character's statements, but Rocket is the only one who can parse his buddies thoughts. Well, Rocket, Gunn, and Diesel. The latter two have a special version of the script that spells out Groot's intentions in plain English.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 2, 2016
Now that's something we'd love to get our hands on!
Get to know the newest iteration of Groot when Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5.