It seems Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson may yet star in The Wolfman movie reboot, as part of Universal’s newly-announced Dark Universe franchise. Universal officially dubbed its rebooted monster cinematic universe the Dark Universe earlier this month, with June’s The Mummy reboot – starring Tom Cruise as soon-to-be-cursed treasure hunter Nick Morton and Sofia Boutella as The Mummy herself, Princess Ahmanet – set to serve as the first official entry in the Dark Universe, followed by director Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein reboot in 2019.
Oscar-winner Javier Bardem is set to play Frankenstein (the monster) in the Dark Universe, though his “Bride” has yet to be officially cast. The latest reports on the matter assert that Angelina Jolie remains Universal’s top pick to headline Bride of Frankenstein, though a deal has yet to actually be struck even after years of rumors. So much also holds true for The Rock being cast as The Wolfman, even though it’s been close to a year now since that particular Dark Universe casting rumor first started making the rounds.
THR, as part of a feature that examines Universal’s hopes for the Dark Universe, notes that rumors persist that Johnson will star in The Wolfman down the line, provided that The Mummy and Bride of Frankenstein are successful enough for Universal to justify moving ahead with additional monster movie reboots. The most recent script draft for The Wolfman was reportedly written by Dave Callaham, the co-writer of the 2014 Godzilla reboot – itself, the first entry in Warner Bros. Pictures’ own (giant) monster cinematic universe, aka. the MonsterVerse – as well as the 2005 Doom video game movie adaptation that, perhaps by no coincidence, also starred The Rock.
The critical/commercial under-performance of this past weekend’s Baywatch movie reboot (starring The Rock) aside, Johnson remains one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood right now – not to mention, one of the busiest. Johnson is currently filming the video game adaptation Rampage and already has two projects lined up (in Skyscraper and Jungle Cruise) to follow immediately thereafter. Beyond that, The Rock is attached to star in multiple developing films that are either part of an established cinematic universe or potential franchise-starters, including Shane Black’s Doc Savage movie adaptation and the DC Extended Universe’s Black Adam solo film (along with a presumed role as antagonist in the Shazam! DCEU movie).
That’s not even an all-encompassing list of Johnson vehicles that are currently in development (see also the talk of a Johnson and Jason Statham-led Fast & Furious spinoff), so the actor may yet prove to simply be too busy to work on The Wolfman for Universal. With that in mind, The Wolfman reboot presumably won’t be hitting theaters until 2020 at the earliest – and seeing as Johnson seems more than happy to move from one tentpole production to another with little-to-no break in-between, he might yet be able to find room for a Dark Universe film in his schedule, over the next couple of years. Universal will almost undoubtedly be willing to accommodate The Rock too, if it means the studio can snag him to play one of the heavy-hitters in its own developing “dark superhero” cinematic universe.
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