Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, has been Blowing up the Big Screen
Dwayne Johnson hits the big screen again this month in the action-packed thriller “Rampage.”
Making his way in this life as both an athlete and an actor, Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock has been mesmerizing millions around the world since his days playing football at the University of Miami or hitting the mat as a professional wrestler, snagging six heavyweight championships with the WWE.
Even though he still periodically returns to the ring for an occasional celebrity wrestling match for charity, Johnson has been hitting the big screen with all he’s got instead, starting with his take on the character of the Scorpion King in 2001’s, “The Mummy Returns.” With audiences taking notice, he would soon reprise this role, and gain leading man status in the process in 2002’s feature film “The Scorpion King.”
As not to pigeonhole himself as only an action star, Johnson decided to take on a few comedic roles early in his film career too, including joining John Travolta and Uma Thurman in the comedy “Be Cool” and showing us how emotionally charged and “fatherly” he truly can be, playing NFL jock and new dad Joe Kingman in 2007’s “The Game Plan.”
With these genres of film firmly secured as he continued to confirm his acting prowess in both, Johnson cemented his action-packed heavy hitting when he took on the role of Luke Hobbs in “Fast and Furious 6” in 2013, and again playing the lead in the film “San Andreas” in 2015. Then, to take his comedic timing to the next level, he worked opposite funnyman Kevin Hart in 2016’s action-comedy “Central Intelligence.” And, of course, who else would Disney cast to voice the mighty island demigod Maui in the 2016 film “Moana” than our favorite American/Canadian/Samoan actor?
There was absolutely no slowing down for Johnson throughout 2017 as he starred again opposite Vin Diesel in “The Fate of the Furious,” and took “Baywatch” from the television screen to the big screen, while knocking out the box office once again with one of the highest grossing films thus far in 2018, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”
So, what’s up next? Later this month, Johnson will be taking on the role of primatologist Davis Okoye, saving our world from his genetically mutated gorilla, George—oh, and a genetically mutated wolf and reptile too—with the help of Agent Russell (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomi Harris) in the action-packed thriller based on the 1980s video game by the same name. “Rampage” hits theaters on April 20.
Numerous films have been tagged to star Johnson for release in 2018, 2019 and beyond, including the July release of “Skyscraper,” the September release of comedy/biography “Fighting With My Family” and the announced “San Andreas” and “Jumanji 2” sequels. Plus, catch him as “Doc Savage” and his very own spinoff of the “Fast & Furious” franchise, “Hobbs and Shaw,” slated for July 2019.