CAC Life Member, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson continues to make near-daily news worldwide. Perhaps because he's still the biggest movie and tv star in the world for two+ years running. While his Jungle Cruise ride adventure film arrives soon from Disney Films, he'll be seen next in perhaps his biggest and most expensive blockbuster.
"The hierarchy of Power in the D.C. comic book and graphic novel universe is about to change. I'll be joining an epic and first of it's kind D.C. Fandom film(set to start filming on 8/22/20). "This one is for the fans," Rock said.
He had to kayfabe the rest of the details, but he'll be playing a newly created D.C. character created specifically for him as the main heel protagonist(as well as the title role) to Shazam in Black Adam to be released 12/22/21. He'll battle babyface hero Shazam in this sequel, who's trying to stop him from controlling the galaxy, it's rumored. Dwayne, in a far shorter span of time eclipsed the prior box office champion record-holders Will Smith and Burt Reynolds who'd held a headlock on that title for years. And his directors laud him for being able to play comedy, action to serious; often in one extravaganza. Academy Award nominee, Emily Blunt told Entertainment Tonight "there's no one else like The Rock in as an actor. I can't wait to work with him again!"
And in Less Time Than Almost Any Other Major Actor, 53 Films To Date! Again, CAC's Pat Patterson predicted to me during Dwayne's earliest OVW training days with Jim Cornette and Danny Davis, that he'd one day be not just the top guy in our biz, but also in movies and tv. From both Jumanji sequels to Fast Five, Furious 7, and Fast and Furious: Hobbs & Shaw, Central Intelligence, The Rundown, The Game Plan, Get Smart, Be Cool, GI Joe, Walking Tall; his career went into hyperspace in 2001 with his critically-acclaimed work in The Mummy Returns the following year. His work stole the show so they created his own spinoff vehicle in The Scorpion King the following year. He's sung and danced in Disney's animated Moana, played a tooth fair in saved swimmers in Baywatch, and saved the world in big time boss office attractions like San Andreas, Rampage and Skyscraper. To date his films have grossed over $3.7 billion in North America and over $11 billion worldwide. Entertainment industry trades cite him as the hardest one doing press whenever his film are released doing all the day time and late night talk shows and much more besides the global press junkets and red carpets. All with an energy few others can rival. His first film, the Beyond The Mat documentary released finally in 1999; had pre-production footage shot at Dwayne's only CAC to date in Tampa in 1995. Then more shot at our regular Los Angeles CAC the next year with Pat, Ray Stevens, Angelo Mosca, Nick Bockwinkel and others interviewed by CAC many-time attendee, director Barry Blaustien.
Catch Dwayne's NBC competition reality show The Titan Games Mondays at 8 pm.
*photo credit: Dr. Mike Lano