Never mind that run for president—Dwayne Johnson’s schedule is so booked, he’s holding up the filming of the next G.I. Joe movie.
That’s the word from actor Byung-Hun Lee, who plays the character Storm Shadow alongside Johnson’s Roadblock in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, per Lee’s interview with LRMonline at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“I heard from the studio that there’s a possibility to do the third one, but I think they’re waiting for the actors’ schedules,” said Lee, who’s set to star alongside Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt in director Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven. “They’re arranging the schedules for the actors, especially Dwayne Johnson.”
We can’t blame them: Mr. “Franchise Viagra,” as Saturday Night Live memorably described him, was an instrumental character in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which actually made more at the worldwide box office than the first G.I. Joe movie, The Rise of Cobra, even though Retaliation had a smaller budget. So it’s probably no surprise that execs at Paramount are planning to build their next Joe movie upon this Rock, even if that means it’ll have to wait for an opening in his schedule.
All that work pays off, literally—Johnson is the highest-paid actor in the world, and one of the highest-paid celebrities overall. It also raises an important question: Just how much stuff does Dwayne Johnson have going on? We added it up, and it’s a helluva workload.
Moana (2016): Johnson lends his voice (including a traditional haka) to the newest movie from Disney Animation studios. The Mouse House has enjoyed a string of epic successes with their latest movies, Frozen and Zootopia, so it almost goes without saying that it’ll strike cinematic gold again by teaming up with Johnson, who voices the demi-god Maui.
Fast 8 (April 14, 2017): What is there to say? Universal continues to ride its perennially bankable franchise as long as the engine will run, and they’ve picked up some serious horsepower by adding Charlize “Imperator Furiosa” Theron, Helen Mirren (!), and Game of Thrones’ Kristofer Hivju to the familiar cast of Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, and Vin Diesel. On the list of stunts: Blowing up Iceland.
Baywatch (May 19, 2017): Stoked. For. This. The Rock learns to swim as the character Mitch Buchanan, who will butt heads with Men’s Fitness cover guy Zac Efron alongside a bevy of talented actresses: Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, and Priyanka Chopra.
Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon (June 16, 2017): The first two installments of this family-focused franchise made boatloads of money—noticing a trend here?—so the third movie was virtually obligatory, and there are rumors of a fourth.
Jumanji (late 2017): Johnson is set to appeara as the “smoldering” Dr. Bravestone in this sequel to the beloved 1995 original. He’ll appear alongside our October 2016 cover star, Kevin Hart, as well as Jack Black, Nick Jonas, and the lovely Karen Gillan.
Doc Savage (2018) — Johnson was a natural pick for Shane Black’s adaptation of “The Man of Bronze,” arguably the original superhero, whose pulp origins predate even Superman. And given that Savage is a “F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO” with “zero social graces whatsoever,” this one could give Johnson an opportunity to flex both his comedy muscles and his, y’know, regular muscles. Interestingly, Johnson is also set to produce this flick, pulling double duty with his Seven Bucks Productions team.
Shazam! (2019): In a page straight out of the pro wrestling playbook, Johnson will perform a heel turn and appear as the villain Black Adam, who might even match up with with a DC hero like Henry Cavill’s Superman in this adaptation of the old-school comic.
Big Trouble in Little China (TBD): Not everyone has been enthused about the reboot, which was first reported by The Wrap. The 1986 Kurt Russell original was hardly a critical darling or a box-office success, but it’s a cult classic on constant cable replay, so fans are rightly defensive. But given that X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are penning the screenplay, ditto the Doc Savage hopes for a comedy-kickass combo.
Rampage (TBD): Yes, this is an adaptation of the video game about giant monsters wreaking havoc on a city. No, we don’t know why this had to be made. Yes, we know it will be better with The Rock in it.
San Andreas 2 (TBD): The disaster movie pairing of Johnson and Daddario—plus, you know, earthquakes and tsunamis—made nearly $500 million worldwide, so it’s no surprise that the Brad Peyton-directed, Carlton Cuse-penned flick got greenlighted for a sequel. We know it’ll be fun. The only question: What crisis must DJ resolve this time?
Ballers Season 3 (July 2017): The Johnson-led comedy series is one of HBO’s surefire success stories, largely because it casts DJ in a role that we all basically imagine him doing in real life anyway: Driving awesome cars, wearing awesome suits, and putting the hurt on any fool stupid enough to get in his way.
WrestleMania: Hey, you can always go home, right? The Rock has joyfully returned to his roots with several Wrestlemania appearances in recent months, including a record-setting turn at Wrestlemania 32 in April. As long as he’s got that impeccable physique, expect to see him in the tights a few more times.
Seven Bucks Digital Studios: Not content with his millions of social media followers, Johnson has turned his sights to YouTube with “best, biggest, bad ass, baldest YouTube channel ever” featuring appearances from some of the medium’s most popular stars like Mat Pat and Lilly Singh.
Muscle Beach (TBD): Johnson isn’t necessarily starring in this hourlong USA Network drama about the “colorful tribe of lost souls” who populated the iconic Venice Beach in the 1980s, but he and Seven Bucks co-founder Dany Garcia will executive produce it: Seven Bucks Productions teamed up with producer Beau Flynn to bring to life the script written by Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer.
Hard Corps (TBD): Seven Bucks Productions is spearheading the “high-octane soap” for Fuse focusing on an epic rivalry between marching bands.
Project Rock: Move over, Steph Curry: The Rock’s collaboration with Under Armour has been a consistent commercial success, with limited runs of his all-purpose bags and inspirational t-shirts spurring huge sales among his fans. Next up? An all-purpose training shoe, dubbed “RocksFIYA” (presumably for “Foot in Your Ass”) set to debut in 2017.
The Rock Clock: How does he find time to do it all? Download this alarm clock app and find out.
So yeah: Being the Rock is exhausting and utterly epic.
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