Plans for the latest Dwayne Johnson’s action vehicle, a big screen adaptation of the classic Midway arcade game “Rampage,” are proceeding apace, with “The Walking Dead’s” Jeffrey Dean Morgan the latest actor to join the project.
According to Deadline, “Morgan will play Agent Russell, who works for a covert government division called OGA and rolls with serious swagger and attitude,” qualities Morgan has shown in abundance during his appearances as “The Walking Dead’s” baseball bat-wielding Negan.
Apparently, the film’s longline is still “under wraps,” but the original game involved players taking control of one of three massive mutant monsters, George the gorilla, Lizzie the lizard or Ralph the werewolf, and going on a skyscraper-wreaking rampage across North America.
The film version is expected to roughly follow the game’s plot, with Johnson serving as humanity’s only hope of beating back the big beasts. The film’s script has already been written by Ryan Engle (“Non-Stop,”) with revisions by Carlton Cuse, Ryan Condal and Adam Sztykiel.
Due to be directed by Brad Peyton, “Rampage” will star Dwayne Johnson, Jeffery Dead Morgan, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Jake Lacy, Marley Shelton, PJ Byrne, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald and Breanne Hill. It is currently on track for release on April 20, 2018.