Dwayne Johnson is set to bring back the Scorpion King in a new movie about the character he made famous in The Mummy Returns.
His 2001 performance of the character in The Mummy Returns led to a 2001 The Scorpion King spin-off, which cemented him as a big screen star.
Deadline have reported that the former wrestler is bringing back the character for another movie alongside Universal Pictures, but it is unlikely he will be starring in it.
Universal and Dwayne and his ex-wife Dany Garcia’s production company Seven Buck Productions have locked in Jonathan Herman – who penned Straight Outta Compton – to write the script for the upcoming movie.
With Dwayne, 48, said to be heavily booked up until 2022, Deadline says it is likely another actor will be cast as the Scorpion King, though Dwayne could potentially make a cameo in the film.
While little is known about the plot of the upcoming Scorpion King movie, sources have claimed that this one will be set in modern times, unlike its predecessor.
Dwayne said in a statement: ‘The Scorpion King was my very first role ever on the silver screen and I’m honoured and excited to reimagine and deliver this cool mythology to a whole new generation.
‘I wouldn’t have had the career I’m lucky enough to have had it not been for The Scorpion King and I’m thrilled that we at Seven Bucks Productions can help create those same opportunities for other hardworking actors today.
‘I believe Jonathan Herman will put in the hard work to deliver a fantastic script for our global audience.’
Upcoming projects Dwayne is set to star in include Red Notice with Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, as well as historical drama The King, about the monarch King Kamehameha who united the Hawaiian islands, and Black Adam.
The hard-working actor is also developing a TV comedy Young Rock based on his childhood, which is filming in Australia at the moment.
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