Is John Cena taking one step closer to becoming The Rock? The wrestlers may share another thing in common by acting in a film based upon a video game. John Cena is currently in negotiations to star in the title role in “Duke Nukem,” which would be a big-screen adaptation of the popular video game franchise. Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes label and Paramount Pictures is behind the production of this game to film adaptation.
Of course, The Rock had a role in the film adaptation of “Doom,” which is a series of first-person shooter video games developed by id Software. The series focuses on the exploits of an unnamed space marine operating under the auspices of Union Aerospace Corporation, who fights hordes of demons and the undead in order to survive. Doom was certainly not one of The Rock’s best performances to date.
The games follow the adventures of Duke, a muscular cigar-chomping figure who fought aliens in order to save the Earth. The blond and always sunglass wearing character mashed up action hero tropes into one politically incorrect package – he’s effectively the “Deadpool” of the video game world.
Currently, there is no director on board. A writer will be set soon to develop a script for what is intended to be a star vehicle for Cena. Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller will produce.
Here are some reactions to Cena possibility starring in “Duke Nukem.”
John Cena as Duke Nukem. I can’t believe how weirdly interested I am to see that.
— Rob Keyes (@rob_keyes) January 23, 2018
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) January 23, 2018
OF COURSE John Cena is Duke Nukem. Why didn’t I think of that?
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) January 23, 2018
— Ol Saint Shadow (@PonyZombieslaya) January 23, 2018
I don’t care how good it’ll be
I don’t care how bad it’ll be
I would pay money to see John Cena in a Duke Nukem film
— Ken M. Hehir 📽 (@ARMasterX) January 23, 2018
Cena made his name as a WWE star before starting another career as a movie actor more than a decade ago with “The Marine” in 2006. His credits include “12 Rounds,” “Legendary,” “The Reunion,” “Trainwreck,” “Sisters,” “Daddy’s Home,” “Daddy’s Home 2,” and “The Wall,” along with voicing the lead character in the animated comedy “Ferdinand.”
Cena has made been consistently working with Paramount, having appeared in the studio’s Daddy’s Home 2, which has grossed over $100 million domestically; he also is set to appear in Bumblebee, the studio’s Transformers spinoff, which Bay also produced.
In Doom, a team of space marines known as the Rapid Response Tactical Squad, led by Sarge (The Rock), is sent to a science facility on Mars after somebody reports a security breach. There, they learn that the alert came after a test subject, a mass murderer purposefully injected with alien DNA, broke free and began killing people. Dr. Grimm (Rosamund Pike), who is related to team member Reaper (Karl Urban), informs them all that the chromosome can mutate humans into monsters — and is highly infectious.
What do you think of Cena playing the title role in “Duke Nukem”? Do you think it will perform like The Rocks’ “Doom”? Let us know in the comments section.
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Author: Shawn Rice