Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has another action-packed year ahead of him in 2018, and he'll be kicking off the adrenaline-fueled excitement with Rampage, the cinematic adaptation of the 1980s video game. With only five months to go until the blockbuster's release, Warner Bros has finally released the first Rampage trailer, which, as one would expect from the title, is intense.
Rampage will feature Dwayne Johnson as Davis Okoye, a heroic primatologist who works closely with an albino silverback gorilla named George. However, due to being subjected to a rogue genetic experiment, George turns into a towering monstrosity, as does a crocodile named Lizzie and a wolf named Ralph. These three creatures subsequently rampage (get it?) across North America, and it's up to Davis and his allies to stop their reign of terror, though Davis will also do his best to save George if possible.
This first trailer does a good job laying out the bond that Davis Okoye has formed with George, but as we see, that bond will be fractured due to the gorilla being deliberately exposed to a genetic editing formula. However, it's when the other gigantic animals are introduced that the preview's action really starts to kick off. While the monsters in the Rampage video game once human, and thus took on a more humanoid appearance when transformed, this adaptation is merely enlarging animals directly. Nevertheless, the destruction they leave in their path is almost at the level that classic monsters like King Kong and Godzilla would unleash.
Along with Dwayne Johnson as the main protagonist, Rampage's main players includes Naomi Harris as geneticist Dr. Kate Caldwell; Jeffrey Dean Morgan as government agent Russell; Malin Akerman as main antagonist Claire Wyden; and Joe Manganiello as Burke, the leader of a private military group. The rest of the cast includes Jake Lacy, Marley Shelton, P.J. Byrne, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald, Breanne Hill and Urijah Faber. Brad Peyton is the movie's director, marking his second collaboration with Johnson after 2015's San Andreas, while Ryan Engle tackled the script. Rampage will unquestionably be the blockbuster heavy hitter its opening weekend, as its competition includes smaller fare like Tully and Super Troopers 2.
Rampage will be released in theaters on April 20, 2018, and if that isn't enough Dwayne Johnson material for you, he also has Skyscraper coming a few months later. As for what other major releases next year will bring, browse through our 2018 premiere guide.
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