The go-to man in Hollywood for reigniting franchises, G.I. Joe: Retaliation star Dwayne Johnson says that there’s a certain film series he would love to be a part of and it just so happens to be set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
“‘Star Wars’,” Johnson smiles. “And that’s not to say that they need it. Obviously they’re doing very well. J.J. [Abrams] is just gonna crush it. I’m so excited. There’s a guy, by the way, who’s not just a brilliant director, but who honors and respects mythology. You’ve seen that with ‘Star Trek’ and you’re going to see that with ‘Star Wars.’ I’m very excited about that.”
Set for release in 2015, Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII doesn’t necessarily have a role that’s right for Johnson, but letting people know he’s interested is a smart move: That’s exactly how Samuel L. Jackson wound up being written in as Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy.
The bad news for Johnson fans, however, is that two DC Comics properties that formerly had his name attached, Lobo and Shazam!, are no longer on the way.
“[Lobo] kind of came and went,” he explains. “It came. I thought it was interesting. Then it kind of went away… ‘Shazam’ was more interesting. And really interesting to me. I would have loved that, especially the idea of playing Black Adam. Again, though, studios start to look at other properties and other superhero properties, what makes sense and what doesn’t.”
Although his upcoming Hercules is based on a Radical graphic novel, Johnson says that won’t be the only comic book adaptation in his future.
“There’ll be a superhero I do,” he grins.
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