Dwayne Johnson is without a doubt the busiest man in Hollywood. Ever since his scene-stealing debut as DSS Agent Luke Hobbs in Fast Five, he’s gone on to appear in a multitude of blockbusters and high-profile films, including: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain, Fast & Furious 6, Hercules, Furious 7, San Andreas, Central Intelligence and Moana. This year, he’s already appeared in box-office titan The Fate of the Furious and has Baywatch and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle due in the coming months, as well as the third season of his HBO hit series Ballers; not to mention an additional nine theatrical projects in various stages of development.
Johnson’s next immediate project is Rampage, based on the 1980s arcade game of the same name that spawned several home console sequels. The plot follows an anti-poaching unit operating out of Rwanda (led by Johnson’s primatologist character) who are the world’s only hope when a gigantic, mutant crocodile, gorilla and wolf go on a spree of destruction. Principal photography began last week, reuniting Johnson with director Brad Peyton, who helmed Journey 2 and San Andreas as well as screenwriters Carlton Cruse and Ryan Condon, who co-wrote San Andreas and Hercules, respectively.
The film also stars:
- Naomie Harris as a geneticist with a moral streak
- Malin Åkerman as the villainous head of the company that creates the mutant monsters
- Joe Manganiello as the leader of a private military group
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Agent Russell, a government agent with attitude who works for an agency called OGA
- Marley Shelton as a scientist and astronaut
- P. J. Byrne as a scientist
Jake Lacy, Jack Quaid and Matt Gerald have been cast in undisclosed roles.
Hollywood is still trying to crack the video game movie formula, with recent attempts Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed being met with mixed reception, here’s hoping The Rock’s charisma and stat power can help finally get the job done.
Rampage is scheduled for release April 20, 2018.