Dwayne Johnson Rumored for 'The Wolf Man'

Dwayne Johnson Rumored for 'The Wolf Man'

Jun 23, 2016

Dwayne Johnson / The Wolf Man

What is happening with Universal's rebooted monster universe? A new rumor about The Wolf Man confirms a likely strategy for the studio.

According to Deadline: "There are persistent rumors Universal wants [Dwayne Johnson] howling at the moon when it gets around to the Wolf Man movie that is part of its classic monsters franchise revival plans." Johnson is already incredibly busy, but if these rumors prove to be true, the casting of Johnson would confirm that Universal is building their new action-thriller monster movies around big stars. That makes sense, since the goal is evidently to reach wider audences than might be expected for straightforward horror movies.

Tom Cruise / The Mummy

Tom Cruise, for example, is already busy starring in The Mummy, now in production. Russell Crowe is set to play a supporting role as a "Dr. Jekyll type," with the possibility that he'll later star in a solo movie revolving around the character, originally created by Robert Louis Stevenson

Johnny Depp / The Invisible Man

Johnny Depp has been touted to star in the rebooted version of The Invisible Man, to be written by Ed Solomon (Men in Black). Originally, the big-screen character was Dr. Jack Griffin, a scientist who discovers the secret to invisibility and, as a side effect, becomes a homicidal maniac.

Since Universal wants the characters in its new monster universe to interact with each other and cross over into other monster movies, it may be that Dr. Griffin will need to rein in his homicidal instincts. Homicidal or not, we'd love to see Depp starring as an invisible man.

Fast and Furious 6

Perhaps even more so than Cruise or Depp, Dwayne Johnson has proven to be a likable on-screen personality, no matter the movie in which he appears. He could certainly portray a classic conflicted character like the tortured Lawrence Talbot, but he might be even more effective as someone who chases the titular character, somewhat like the character he's played in the Fast and Furious movies (above), a straight arrow law-enforcement type in pursuit of supernatural creatures.

So far Universal has set The Mummy for June 9, 2017, to be followed by unidentified monster movies on April 13, 2018 and February 15, 2019. We're eager to see how all this shakes out.

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