Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Malin Akerman set to join Rampage

With shooting on Dwayne Johnson's latest film Rampage – a reunion with San Andreas (2015) director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn – due to kick off next month, the film has been locking in its main cast. Now news arrives via Variety that Malin Akerman (Watchmen) is the final piece in the puzzle, entering talks to play the villain.

Those of a certain age will remember feeding coins into the arcade cabinet (and later playing at home) to control three giant monsters – George (a giant gorilla), Lizzie (a huge lizard) and Ralph (a raging werewolf), who were normal humans until they were the subject of experiments by a dastardly scientific laboratory and turned into their monstrous forms. Johnson is playing an animal loving hero who may be the only hope for saving the world, while Naomie Harris (SPECTRE) is on as a geneticist with a moral streak who decides to help.

Akerman is set to play the less than ethical head of the biotech company responsible for the massive creatures. She will join a cast that also already includes Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike), Marley Shelton (Planet Terror), Jake Lacy (Obvious Child), P.J. Byrne (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games), Matt Gerald (San Andreas) and Breanne Hill (Incarnate).

Peyton will start the cameras rolling next month in Atlanta, and the film is looking to cause havoc in UK cinemas from 13 April next year.

In related Dwayne Johnson film news, he has revealed that another future project, action film Skyscraper – which sees him work again with Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence) – will also be arriving in 2018, planting a flag in a 13 July release for US audiences.

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