Universal has released the final trailer for Dwayne Johnson's new action movie, Skyscraper. The next few weeks will be even busier than usual for The Rock, what with Skyscraper hitting theaters and Rampage arriving on Blu-ray this month, before his HBO series Ballers returns in August. In addition to promoting those releases, Johnson needs to finish filming Disney's Jungle Cruise movie and then set to work on his Fast & Furious spinoff with Jason Statham in September. First up, however, is Skyscraper's global debut.
Johnson stars in Skyscraper as Will Sawyer, a war veteran and FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader who is nearly killed during a mission gone wrong. While recovering in the hospital, Will meets and falls in love with Sarah (Neve Campbell), and the pair soon get married and start a family together. Will thereafter settles down into a much safer career as a building security assessor... a much safer job, that is, until he agrees to inspect The Pearl, a groundbreaking building that was recently finished in China.
As the trailers for Skyscraper illustrate, Will finds himself not only fighting to save his family when The Pearl is attacked and set ablaze, but also on the run from the police when he's blamed for the crime. With the film's release just around the corner, Universal has unveiled one more trailer to get audiences excited to watch The Rock take on the tallest building in the world. You can watch the final trailer for Skyscraper in the space above.
Skyscraper reunites Johnson with Rawson Marshall Thurber, the writer/director behind his 2016 action-comedy Central Intelligence. In addition to being a far cry from both that film and Thurber's early broad comedies (Dodgeball, We're the Millers), Skyscraper serves to transition the filmmaker into the next stage of his career. Indeed, Thurber is already set to team up with Johnson for a third time on Red Notice, another original genre feature (this time, a globe-trotting heist thriller) that will further reunite The Rock with his Fast & Furious costar Gal Gadot.
While it takes inspiration from landmark action films like The Towering Inferno and Die Hard, it remains to be seen if Skyscraper feels particularly innovative on its own terms. The trailers emphasize the movie's central set piece and mashup of genre tropes, as well as the fact that Johnson's character is disabled (see his prosthetic leg) - elements which could lend themselves to a unique piece of summer escapism, so long as the execution is up to scratch. Fortunately, with Skyscraper arriving next week, audiences will be able to judge that for themselves soon enough.
Source: Universal Pictures
- Skyscraper (2018) release date: Jul 13, 2018