What's the next step up from "movie star"? Because that's where we need to classify Dwayne Johnson. The man isn't just blowing up at the multiplex. He's capturing the explosion in a headlock, pile-driving it into the ground, cracking a joke as he does so, then finishing us off with his trademark, 1,000-watt mega-smile. If we're lucky, he'll even arch an eyebrow, just to remind us that this is The Rock's world. We're only renting space for a limited time.

The Rock has numerous movies heading to theaters in the near future. Beyond that, he has attached his name to various projects, all of which sound like they will keep the one-time wrestler and current big-screen phenom in the blockbuster business for years. Because we know that you love The Rock as much as we love The Rock, we've documented the actor's next films... even the ones that have just been announced and are still wading though different forms of development. Which of these are you most interested in seeing? Yes you can answer "all of them" if you so choose.

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The Fate of the Furious

You can't keep a good franchise down, and so -- even though they lost one of their founding fathers in Paul Walker -- the eighth Fast & Furious film is racing into theaters in April, with new locations (New York City, Iceland and Cuba) and a new villain in Charlize Theron. Still, the F&F series is about family, and The Rock has been part of the crew since Fast Five (still the highwater mark, in my opinion, of this wildly entertaining series). What will Hobbs be doing in The Fate of the Furious? He'll be holding the "family" together, because "Evil" Vin Diesel wants to tear it apart.

Release date: April 14, 2017

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After pounding bad guys as part of his Fast series, it's back to the beach for Dwayne Johnson as he heads up a remake of the classic TV show Baywatch. Only, from everything we have been hearing, this one is NOT television friendly. Co-starring Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra and several members of the original Baywatch cast, this new comedy is going to be pushing the hard-R rating... which can come from violence (it's going to have a criminal element to it) but likely will come from the language and humor. So long as it's funny, and given the Rock's increasing sense of humor and confidence as an on-screen comedian, we're feeling optimistic.

Release date: May 19, 2017

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This one, all of a sudden, has been on The Rock's radar. Johnson's Central Intelligence co-star Kevin Hart, Guardians of the Galaxy co-star Karen Gillan, and Jack Black will be part of the remake. Rock has even talked about how they have a great tribute to Robin Williams, the original star of Jumanji, planned. It's not a remake of the original. It's a sequel, and a continuation, that will use video games to update the story. We shall see soon enough.

Release date: December 22, 2017

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Until recently, this one felt further off and like more of a pipe dream The Rock still wanted to bring to the big screen, if and when he found the time. Technology likely will have to catch up to Johnson's imagination to pull this one off, but at least Rampage has now been given an official release date. Rampage was an arcade game that had gigantic monsters -- a wolf, an ape and a dinosaur/lizard -- attacking a city and avoiding the military. Players played as the monsters, though I'd assume a Rampage movie would have The Rock defending the city against this onslaught. Director Brad Peyton has already revealed that the film will be "a lot more emotional, a lot scarier and a lot more real than you'd expect," so we'll see how the story for this one evolves as time goes on.

Release date: April 20, 2018

The Rock Skyscraper


After Central Intelligence, director Rawson Marshall Thurber mentioned a pitch he had for a Dwayne Johnson action pic that would cast the hulking lead as a retired FBI badass who now assesses security levels in very tall buildings. While on assignment in China, Rock's character finds himself being framed for a fire set in the skyscraper, and now he has to race time (and overcome obstacles) to free his name and rescue his family. If it sounds like The Rock's Die Hard, well, it is. But Universal believes enough in the concept to give this one a greenlight, and a juicy summer release date.

Release date: July 13, 2018




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