Feature film adaptations of video game properties that are both a box-office success and hit with critics are something of a holy grail for film studios. There have been many attempts to bring the two tangentially related forms of media together, sometimes with high-profile stars and visually creative directors attached in an effort to get audiences on board and help usher in positive reviews. Still, despite some valiant efforts, like last year’s Michael Fassbender-led Assassin’s Creed, video game movies are still curiously in search of that one crossover hit.
Still, if the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander and the recently announced Sleeping Dogs film with Rogue One: A Star War Story‘s Donnie Yen attached are any indiction, studios are more than willing to give video game adaptations another try. And now, it looks as Just Cause will be the latest game-to-theater translation, with rising star Jason Momoa attached in the lead role.
According to Deadline, Momoa will play the role of Rico Rodriguez, in a film directed by Brad Peyton, who helmed San Andreas, and is, oddly enough, set to direct another video game adaptation with the upcoming Rampage film starring Dwayne Johnson. This won’t be the first time Momoa and Peyton have worked together, though, as the two recently teamed for the Netflix series Frontier.
The role seems like a good fit for Momoa, who has been establishing himself as an action star for quite awhile now. He played the title role in the remake of Conan the Barbarian and has joined the DC Extended Universe as Aquaman, who after a cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will next be seen in Justice League and then in his own self-titled movie, Aquaman. Should Just Cause prove to be a hit, the role of Rico Rodriguez will certainly solidify Momoa’s status as one of the go-to action stars in Hollywood.
While the Just Cause games feature a distinct plot, the real appeal of playing them is the crazy physics and the over-the-top sensibilities of the action. This is where a film version could really stand out. If Peyton and Momoa embrace the extreme nature of the games, they very well may find an audience eager to see some outrageous stunts and grappling hook action.
At this time, no further casting has been announced, and the story of the Just Cause movie is being kept under wraps. The film is being written by John Collee, who penned The Legend of Tarzan and co-authored Tanna, 2017 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.