There's a bit of history of wrestlers popping up in film. Sometimes they're cast to play wrestlers, like Hulk Hogan as Thunderlips in Rocky III and Randy "Macho Man" Savage as Bonesaw McGraw in Spider-Man. But some of them have turned out performances so memorable that it is impossible to picture someone else in the role. Andre the Giant's portrayal of Fezzik in The Princess Bride is iconic, and Dave Bautista's scene stealing turn in Guardians of the Galaxy has audiences eager to see him play Drax again in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
One wrestler who has cultivated a successful acting career is Dwayne Johnson. Still wrestling as The Rock when he made his acting debut in an episode of That '70s Show, he eventually began to prioritize acting over wrestling, and that turned out to be a wise decision, as he's gone on to become a major star, appearing in the likes of the Fast & Furious franchise, as well as launch potential franchises of his own, like the upcoming Rampage adaptation and his role as Black Adam for Warner Bros. and DC Films. And that's just a small sampling of what the Rock is cooking, as he'll also soon be seen in Baywatch, Jumanji, Fighting with My Family, and season 3 of HBO's Ballers. Johnson is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, and he's just released new details on Skyscraper, yet another action-adventure film that he has in the works.
Universal Pictures today announced the release date for Skyscraper, as well as the official synopsis:
"Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s SKYSCRAPER as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building...above the fire line.
Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, We’re the Millers), the 3D action-thriller is produced by Beau Flynn (San Andreas, Baywatch), Johnson and Thurber. SKYSCRAPER’s executive producers are Dany Garcia (Baywatch, Ballers) and Hiram Garcia (San Andreas, Central Intelligence). Wendy Jacobson (San Andreas) is Co-producer. The film will be released by Universal Pictures."
Johnson also posted about the movie on his Instagram account, including a tidbit not included in the official synopsis
BREAKING: Grateful to share this big news. Universal Studios and @Legendary Pictures have declared JULY 13th 2018 SKYSCRAPER weekend. Massive scale of a movie we've been developing for almost two years and we start shooting this August - in CHINA. Our script, written and to be directed by Rawson Thurber, focuses on the world's largest skyscraper - that's on fire. A towering inferno almost a mile into the sky and my wife and kids are trapped on the top floor. My character is a disabled US War Vet and former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader. This character is inspired by the thousands of disabled US veterans and war heroes I've had the honor of shaking hands with over the years. This character is also an homage to the every day man and woman who, despite all odds, will dig deep and do everything possible to protect and save their family. Research for this film has been a real education for me (and that's saying a lot considering my horrible freshman year GPA) from meeting with the world's top skyscraper architects to spending amazing time with our US combat and disabled vets. Good thing I'm not afraid of heights. But at 4,000ft it's a different story. Let's get to work. #CHINA #SevenBucksProds #FlynnPicturesCo #Zhao #SKYSCRAPER JULY 13th 2018
Johnson's revelation that his character is disabled is not a small one. Not only because of the tribute he is paying to the many disabled veterans who Johnson mentions in his post. But also in that generally Johnson's size and strength is a factor in the roles he plays. As a former wrestler, his physicality is impressive. So playing a character who is physically impaired in some way will be an interesting twist on his typically heroic roles.
Keep checking in with Screen Rant for more information about Skyscraper.