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Dwayne Johnson Produces ‘The Scorpion King’ Reboot For Universal

The Rock 'will return to ancient Egypt to resurrect the character with whom he began his acting career in 2001

Do you remember 2001? We were young, we were naive and we thought that this ‘The Rock’, a wrestler who made his debut as a film actor in The Return of the Mummy with Rachel Weisz and Brendan Fraser, would not be more than a nice anecdote with biceps like melons. But time passed, the fighter of yore starred in his own spin-off of the saga (The Scorpion King, 2002) that was an unexpected success … and, by now, we all know that his name is Dwayne Johnson and that his career is not it’s no joke.

Although, during these two decades, Johnson has not deprived himself of making fun of The Scorpion King (even commenting jokingly on YouTube), he is proud of that film. So much so that he just signed with Universal to produce a reboot, with Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) as the screenwriter. This new version will not follow in the footsteps of the original, being “a contemporary story set in a more recent era.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, Dwayne Johnson will not repeat as the title character, a Conanian warrior who wanders through predynastic Egypt to become the first pharaoh in history. Even so, it is possible that it appears in the cast of it, in a role yet to be determined.

For the rest, Johnson declares his enthusiasm for this project: “The Scorpion King was the first role of my career on the big screen and I am honored and excited to reimagine and deliver this cool mythology to a new generation,” declares’ The Rock ‘. And he hopes the role will provide an opportunity for “other actors who are struggling today.” Will this reboot be a leap to stardom for another charismatic, muscular young man?

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