Dwayne Johnson finally has a co-star for one of his (many) upcoming action movies. Up until now, Johnson was the only name on the cast list for the action movie Skyscraper, but now the ex-wrestler will be joined by Neve Campbell in what looks to be a high-octane mixture of The Towering Inferno and Die Hard.
The project was the result of a bidding war between studios, who were apparently suitably impressed by the script, and fell into the hands of Legendary with Johnson already attached to the lead role. He will be playing former FBI agent Will Ford, who has become a security expert for skyscrapers. When working in China a mega-tower block somehow catches fire, and Ford is framed for the incident. Ford must evade capture, while also trying to save his family trapped in the building. On the face of it, it looks like it mashes together all the ingredients of a disaster movie, along with a fugitive-on-the-run plot. It’s written and will be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, who also performed the same duties on Johnson’s recent buddy-caper Central Intelligence.
Up until now, the only name linked with the movie has been Johnson’s. But today Deadline reports that Neve Campbell has also been cast in the film. It’s not known yet if she will be playing the wife of Ford, or even if she’ll be friend or foe to the big guy. Campbell is probably best known for her role as the perennial feisty “final girl” Sidney Prescott in all four of Wes Craven’s Scream films, but is also a series regular in House of Cards.
In an extremely busy schedule for Johnson, Skyscraper is currently due to be released on July 13, 2018, with production beginning in August. That means it should arrive just after Rampage and well before Shazam, but of course anything can change. The bidding war over the script suggests that Marshall Thurber’s treatment of the set-up could be entertaining, and it’s intended to be a big 3D action experience for the summer of that year. And while Central Intelligence proved that he could handle action sequences, the fact that the director’s name has also been linked to the Cannonball Run reboot, seems to suggest that action movies could now be his preferred genre.
There’s little else to go on at the moment, and while the generic plot beats could be off-putting at the moment to some people, if they’re pulled together properly Skyscraper could well be a sleeper-hit and a heck of a lot of fun. But we’ll just have to wait and see. Until then, we’ll keep you updated with any further news of the film.
KEY RELEASE DATES
Skyscraper release date: Jul 13, 2018