Viewers trying to spot the scenes in which stand-ins and CGI played Walker's part for him will find it hard. Instead, they should stop trying, and go along for the ride.
By Borys Kit Dwayne Johnson is in early discussions to topline The Janson Directive, Universal’s latest adaptation of a Robert Ludlum novel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The project is in the early stages of development and does not yet have a writer or director attached. Captivate Entertainment, which controls the estate of Ludlum, who also authored the Jason Bourne books, is producing.
The mythology of the ancient Greek hero Hercules dates back nearly 2,500 years, but the new trailer for the July 25 big-budget action movie Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson looks like it’s inspired by much more modern sources. Adapted from the 2008 comic book Hercules: The Thracian Wars by Steve Moore and Cris Bolsin, the story borrows elements from the original myths while freely changing the details. They trailer shows him going on a rampage to avenge their murder, but in most myths Hercules is driven mad by Zeus’s jealous wife Hera and he kills his wife and children (not really what you’d expect of The Rock in a summer blockbuster).
The 6-foot-five action star jumped at the chance to portray Greek mythology’s most famous demigod — and based on the pics he’s shared on Twitter so far, he quite possibly embodies Hercules like no man has before. My ride… EXCLUSIVE #HERCULESMovie trailer comes to you this Tues - live on #RockTalk #GetReady pic.twitter.com/Fd2woEx0Yd — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) March 22, 2014 It should come as no surprise that he’s in stunning shape for this role, considering the workout routine he followed in preparation for the film, which sounded grueling — even for him.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and the stars of “Fast & Furious 7” resume production in early April — four months after Paul Walker’s tragic death — and it won’t be easy for anyone. Marking the first time Johnson has talked at length about the loss of his co-star, the 41-year-old star opened up about honoring Walker in the high speed film franchise and making sure his character, Brian O’Conner, has a fitting finale. So it’s important for everybody to creatively honor him in the best way that we possibly can." [Related: Speed, Not Mechanical Failure, to Blame in Paul Walker Crash] Meanwhile, Universal unveiled a brief teaser trailer for “Fast Seven” at CinemaCon Tuesday, and it was met with a warm welcome from the audience — partly because the studio knows how to sell its very successful franchise via fast, fancy cars and lots of action, but mostly because viewers got to see a smiling, driving Paul Walker on the big screen again. At one point in the footage, Brian (Walker) and Dom (Vin Diesel) are listening to Tej (Ludacris) and Roman (Tyrese Gibson) bicker just before driving out of a plane, mid-air.
At least it will be when former WWE champion and current big-screen superstar Dwayne Johnson plays him in “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” a fantastical action-adventure directed by Brett Ratner that looks to turn the muscle man born of the immortal Zeus and the mortal Alcmene into a Hollywood action hero. It’s been a well-documented fact that the legs are The Rock’s favorite body part to concentrate on during his epic-sized workout sessions, but everything had to be taken up a notch (or ten) for what could arguably be his biggest role yet.