Dwayne Johnson, fka The Rock, is having a phenomenal time these days. His most recent film San Andreas, while not a critical success, has become a worldwide hit, and his new HBO series Ballers just premiered last weekend to 2.2 million viewers. He’s a self-made tent pole, propping up franchises with his charisma and physical abilities, the likes of which has brought the Fast and Furious films into a new generation. Recently he boarded a remake of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China and now he’s found his next project: a starring role in the adaptation of 80’s arcade staple Rampage.
Johnson will be working once again with the San Andreas team on Rampage, which will be written by Non-Stop screenwriter Ryan Engle. The concept of the original games is a simple one: the player inhabits one of three giant mutant animals and traverses the globe, destroying cities one by one. The beasts responsible for the carnage are George (a giant ape), Lizzie (a giant lizard), and Ralph (a giant wolf), who must start in Peoria and work their way through each city, destroying all the buildings without being killed by the military.
Plot details are scarce so at this point we don’t even know what Johnson’s role in the film will be, but my money is on some sort of military role. He could play one of the beasts though, and no that’s not a crack at his size. All three mutants are actually humans who are the result of genetic testing gone wrong at Scumlabs.
Filming on Rampage is set to begin in summer 2016, after Johnson has finished filming on Fast and Furious 8. Johnson’s next film in theaters will be Central Intelligence with Kevin Hart and Amy Ryan.