In 2002, Dwayne played in a spin-off from Johnson The Mummy Franchise, the action-adventure film The Scorpio King where he played the hunter-assassin Mathayus. The film became a huge hit and signaled Johnson’s arrival as an action star. Kelly Hu, who starred alongside Johnson as the sorceress Cassandra in the film, recently told CBR that it was obvious even then that Johnson was something special that would make him the next Hollywood action icon.
“Dwayne was so fun working! Talk about evolution! The Scorpio King was his first film, he did a little bit in The Mummy [Returns] Introducing the Scorpion King, but The Scorpion King was really his first film. And I remember telling him he was going to be the next big action star because there really was a void: Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t really work anymore, Sylvester Stallone didn’t really make movies anymore. There was this kind of emptiness in the action hero world, nobody really played that, and I was just around Dwayne – I wasn’t really a fan of wrestling – I just didn’t know what superstar he was in this world and how big he was that was. I only knew it was going to be huge because I could see how people were reacting to him. Everyone loved him: little kids, grandmothers, boys, girls, everyone loved him! “
At the time of The Scorpio KingAt release, viewers still largely knew Johnson as The Rock from WWE, and many were skeptical of his ability to make the leap to the big screen. With The Scorpio KingPut such speculation to rest, Johnson showed a keen sense of weird timing rarely seen in action stars, while his gigantic physique and wrestling skills made the action sequences both believable and exciting.
Many sequels were made The Scorpio Kingbut Jonhson did not return to the franchise, and without his commanding presence to back the narrative, the series floundered at the box office. Now Johnson has announced that he will be back The Scorpion King reboot
The actor won’t star in the film this time around, but The Rock will co-produce the film with Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions Company. Although Hu is not officially tied to the project, she stated it would be an honor to work with Johnson again if he was to include her in the new film.
“He has this charisma that everyone wants to be part of his world. To be able to work with him again at this stage that he’s now one of the greatest actors in Hollywood would be such an honor and so much fun.” be able to get back in there and see how much it has evolved. “
Directed by Chuck Russell and written by David Hayter, William Osborne and Stephen Sommers, The Scorpio King Stars Dwayne JohnsonKelly Hu, Michael Clarke Duncan, Bernard Hill, Grant Heslov and Steve Brand. The film can currently be streamed on Prime Video and Peacock. This message originated on ComicBookResources.com.
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