Pro wrestler-turned-actor John Cena looks set to play Duke Nukem a big-screen adaptation of the beloved video game.
Cena is currently in talks to play the titular role in a Duke Nukem movie, hailing from none other than Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company. With Platinum Dunes on board, Bay will serve as a producer alongside Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there is currently no writer or director attached to the film, although Paramount is said to begin their search for a writer relatively soon. Prior to being set up at Paramount, the film was in development at Dimension Films. However, that project never came to fruition.
In recent years, Cena has turned his focus towards acting, starring in a range of projects that includes Daddy’s Home and the Amy Schumer-led Trainwreck. Just recently, he signed on for Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, where he’ll voice the character of Baron Draxum, “an alchemist warrior mutant.”
The Duke Nukem video games first launched back in July 1991 from Apogee Software Ltd. and centered on Duke, the titular character, a muscular, cigar-chomping figure, as he set out to protecting humanity from alien invaders in his own signature style. The character has also appeared in comics from IDW Publishing
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