Saturday, 18 March 2017

Naomie Harris joins Dwayne Johnson in Rampage

Fresh from scoring an Academy Award® nomination for her blistering, raw performance in Moonlight (2016), Naomie Harris has signed on for something that will find her more in the blockbuster territory of the James Bond movies. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that she is set to join Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas) in Rampage.

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 the nefarious Scumlabs and turned into their monstrous forms.

How that will be turned into a movie outside of the basic concept remains to be seen, but Johnson is reportedly playing an animal rescuing hero who could be the world's only hope. Certainly sounds about standard for him. Harris, meanwhile, will be a geneticist with a moral streak, who we assume will have a change of heart and help in stopping the chaos.

San Andreas (2015) director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn are back for this one, with Warner Bros and New Line Cinema planning a 20 April 2018 release.

Moonlight, which took home the Academy Award® for best film after an astonishing turn of events, is out in cinemas now. Harris also has a role in Andy Serkis' (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes) Jungle Book (formerly Jungle Book: Origins), due for release next year.

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