Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Other Actors/Directors Weigh in on 'Star Wars'

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Posted by k4tzm4n (34956 posts) - - Show Bio

I had the privilege of meeting Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson at last year's Hasbro Toy Fair. While chatting about G.I. Joe: Retaliation, I ended up asking him about the other toys he collected as a kid. He told me he was a huge Star Wars fan at the time and he loved having Han Solo and Boba Fett take on the Joes (Fett won, of course). Well, at the Australian premiere for G.I Joe: Retaliation, the actor once again expressed his passion for the classic sci-fi franchise... but this time with a blunt message: he wants to be in Episode VII. Chatting with adelaidenow, Johnson said the following:

So when I got the call saying, 'How do you feel about becoming the leader of the G.I. Joes?', it was like if I got a call from George Lucas saying, 'I want you to be in Star Wars'.
I'm gonna call J.J. and you're gonna help by printing it and I'm gonna be in Star Wars!

Viners, would you want to see The Rock appear in a galaxy far, far away? If so, what kind of role do you think he would have?

Meanwhile, TotalFilm also asked various actors and directors if they'd be interested in the franchise. Check out the video below to see how the likes of Joss Whedon, Bryan Singer, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and many more responded!

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams and is scheduled to come out in 2015.

Source: adelaidenow, TotalFilm

#1 Posted by Dark_Vengeance_ (15132 posts) - - Show Bio

Ughhh....

#2 Posted by TheTurdinater (4 posts) - - Show Bio

I logged in for the first time in months just to say no

NO!!!!

#3 Posted by sesquipedalophobe (4766 posts) - - Show Bio

Only as a marginal role and if he wore prostheses.

#4 Posted by Aiden Cross (15526 posts) - - Show Bio

I like Dwayne. His movies aren't amazing but i always enjoyed them. I wouldn't mind seeing him in a minor part, i honestly wouldn't know what role would fit him though :)

#5 Posted by Delphic (1534 posts) - - Show Bio

@Aiden Cross said:

I like Dwayne. His movies aren't amazing but i always enjoyed them. I wouldn't mind seeing him in a minor part, i honestly wouldn't know what role would fit him though :)

Dockworker

#6 Posted by Red_Robin97 (14 posts) - - Show Bio

I honestly don't know how they would do it. Or what the plot of the story will be. So I'm iffy on this movie. Maybe if Joss Whedon wrote it, then I would give it a chance.

#7 Posted by badaboop (138 posts) - - Show Bio

While I wouldn't want Dwayne Johnson in any of the future Star Wars movies, this does raise an interesting point, which is what big name is going to be in the next Star Wars (aside from confirmed cast members). Because it's ultimately going to happen. Samuel L. Jackson appeared in the prequels as a completely new character, one that didn't have the explosive personality he's sometimes known for in other roles, yet we accepted it because he had a certain gravitas to it as the reserved Mace Windu.

I feel like something similar will happen with another big-name actor, I just hope they choose someone a little bit unexpected and not someone who is solely known for huge action movies, like Dwayne Johnson or Jason Statham.

#8 Posted by Aiden Cross (15526 posts) - - Show Bio

@Delphic: lol i know i said minor but i was thinking a little bigger than that :p

#9 Posted by Chibi-Iroh (381 posts) - - Show Bio

His acting has gotten alot better and as a fan I dont see why he shouldn't be given a chance. I could see him as a Sith.

#10 Posted by weaponx (1566 posts) - - Show Bio

Minor role if anything. Better answer is just "No". I like him, but I don't see him in this movie and don't want him to take away from the other more important roles. I don't want it focused on him; he usually has a presence in a film which is usually the same. Good for some movies. Not for Star Wars.

#11 Posted by EdBlank (574 posts) - - Show Bio

The Rock can't screw this up. Even if Jar Jar Binks is in it, that won't screw it up. All they have to do is write a good, original story. If you have the right story, then these details are inconsequential. Look at The Matrix. Reeves is passable at best as an actor, but wow that story is just gripping. Now look at Matrix 2-3. Same actors, same everything. Actually way more effects and big action, but much worse movies. It wasn't Reeves that made the first one good nor the other two worse. IT WAS THE SCRIPT.

#12 Posted by SavageDragon (2252 posts) - - Show Bio

Please no, unless he is a Sith padawan.

#13 Posted by SuperDoahBoy (135 posts) - - Show Bio

He has proven himself to me so I'd be cool with it, I'm not saying he should be in a lead role or anything but a small role as some kind of big alien bad ass would work cause it's obvious that is the only kind of role that really works for him so why not.

#14 Posted by SuperDoahBoy (135 posts) - - Show Bio

@weaponx: I don't think he would take any attention away from anything important, cause just like any other fan he'd be happy just apart of it. Just look at his role in the second "Mummy" movie, when word broke that he was going to be in it everyone thought that he was going to be the main focus of it but in fact wasn't.

#15 Edited by MrSparkle79 (13 posts) - - Show Bio

F*ck off already Rocky, you're not that good an actor and your movies.......

#16 Posted by Rumble Man (11073 posts) - - Show Bio

Disgusting

#17 Posted by ScreamingGhost (80 posts) - - Show Bio

Dwayne would make a fun bounty hunter extra but not a leading role..

#18 Posted by SuperDoahBoy (135 posts) - - Show Bio

He'd be perfect for a small action role, the same way Ray Park made the Darth Maul role work so well. The role of a bad ass where the guy behind the makeup happens to really be a bad ass.

#19 Posted by cbishop (7491 posts) - - Show Bio

Honestly, he's so tall, he'd make a great wookie, but would he be willing to be completely concealed by the makeup?

Outside of that, I could see him playing other characters in Star Wars, but I question whether he could do it without being the star - just part of the cast. That's pretty essential to Star Wars.

#20 Posted by Decept-O (7295 posts) - - Show Bio

Just go with actors who are not that well known. Instead of making it a "Who's Who" in terms of actors for the pending Star Wars movies, go with lesser known actors. Still, it would be interesting and fun to see a few actors like Dwayne Johnson or Mila Kunis in some roles just for sheeyots and giggles. Samuel L. Jackson pulled it off. Hard to say if anyone else can, however. Regardless, I am hoping the next movies will be great!

#21 Posted by KnightRise (4762 posts) - - Show Bio

@EdBlank said:

The Rock can't screw this up. Even if Jar Jar Binks is in it, that won't screw it up. All they have to do is write a good, original story. If you have the right story, then these details are inconsequential. Look at The Matrix. Reeves is passable at best as an actor, but wow that story is just gripping. Now look at Matrix 2-3. Same actors, same everything. Actually way more effects and big action, but much worse movies. It wasn't Reeves that made the first one good nor the other two worse. IT WAS THE SCRIPT.

Good points.

#22 Posted by dondave (38907 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't mind if he gets a small scene

#23 Posted by weaponx (1566 posts) - - Show Bio

@SuperDoahBoy: Good point, but that was before he became as famous as he is now. However, having some small role would be fine. Also what you said about Ray Park and makeup does reassure me that it could work.

#24 Posted by Grey56 (744 posts) - - Show Bio

I can see him bringing the intensity if done in a subtle manner. By that I mean it would be a role akin to Arnold in the first Conan wherein there's little need for dialogue; the actions and cinematography speak for themselves. If cast as a 'silent giant' or something similar to that motif I can see him being a powerful character for either side of the Force.

#25 Posted by Xanni15 (6758 posts) - - Show Bio

I think you have a typo in the first sentence. As should be at. :)

#26 Posted by thespideyguy (2650 posts) - - Show Bio

The rock would be cool in a Star Wars film.(If we're talking about the Reagan Star Wars)

#27 Edited by Sawcesome (139 posts) - - Show Bio

Lowbacca!

Or a GA officer. Whichever.

#28 Edited by benhoot (18 posts) - - Show Bio

Only if he's a mass Gungan killer.

#29 Posted by Urban_Ronin (9935 posts) - - Show Bio

I could easily see The Rock playing a Clone Trooper.

#30 Posted by Onemoreposter (4101 posts) - - Show Bio

@Quintus_Knightfall said:

I could easily see The Rock playing a Clone Trooper.

Well, technically I think he'd have to be an enlisted storm trooper.

#31 Posted by spinningbirdcake (1430 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: Wow. You've managed to awaken the Star Wars fanboys as well as the Rock haters in one post. Two groups I never thought I'd see cross. Of course finding complaining doesn't seem to be very hard on this site, or any other for that matter.

That being said I wouldn't mind seeing him play a bounty hunter. I have no idea what the plot of the next movie is going to be so I have no idea what else he could play, but I'm pretty sure there will be bounty hunters. Or maybe he could play a hutt.

#32 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (20446 posts) - - Show Bio

I couldn't see him as a Jedi or Sith, but as a Clone or Bounty Hunter I could see.

#33 Edited by k4tzm4n (34956 posts) - - Show Bio

@Xanni15 said:

I think you have a typo in the first sentence. As should be at. :)

Thank you.

@spinningbirdcake: I suppose it's a gift :P

Yes, I could definitely see him as a bounty hunter as well.

#34 Posted by XxHeavyRainxX (38 posts) - - Show Bio

It really depends on what character he plays..or what kind of character. I really wouldn't want him to be a main character. Maybe something similar to Boba Fett where the role doesn't require a lot of acting, but more that you look cool! And his bulking body could be a great base for a cool alien costume or something. But don't let him try to act well, he can't!

#35 Posted by SUNMAN (7265 posts) - - Show Bio

this is hilarious you all act like the Star Wars movies had great acting in them anyway. Sure put him in I don't care.The franchise is just being miled to deaht as it is. The last 3 were terrible

#36 Posted by Super_SoldierXII (6627 posts) - - Show Bio

Always felt the "Arnold" types just didn't belong. Like the Jedi and this sci-fi world had somehow evolved past the need to 'build' the body and growl like neanderthals.

(Ironic coming from me, as I practically live in the gym ... but still).

The Force has nothing to do with biceptual brawn.

Feels wrong ... wrong genre TBH.

#37 Posted by Zuckuss_02 (43 posts) - - Show Bio

I want The Rock to play Black Adam in the Captain Marvel movie

#38 Edited by SpitfireINK (240 posts) - - Show Bio

Mark Strong would be an excellent choice for Star Wars - a bounty hunter or even a Jedi that turns to the Dark Side.

And what about a FORCE UNLEASHED movie ??!!!!

#39 Posted by Crimsonlord53 (1363 posts) - - Show Bio

Make him a hapan male nobel pretty to look at and little more.

#40 Posted by JamDamage (1118 posts) - - Show Bio

@Zuckuss_02: I remember hearing a rumor about him playing Black Adam a while back and thought that idea would great. I don't know people don't like the Rock on here. Pretty much everyone I know likes him. He not a oscar winning actor by any means but he does have charisma and is great is certain type of roles. I'd like to see him as Black Adam.

#41 Posted by Walzo (4356 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd love to see The Rock become the new Samuel Jackson.

#42 Edited by StMichalofWilson (4119 posts) - - Show Bio

I say find actors who are not well known, and add a little star power to make things interesting. I say for the following:

Dwayne Johnson: Bounty Hunter or a Wookie(cameo)

Mark Strong: Sith Lord or Imperial Officer(movie)

Ewan Mcgregor: Old Ben Kenobi as a Force Spirit(movie)

Stanley Tucci: Politician(cameo)

Nicholas Hoult: Some Jedi (cameo)

Hey, I'm sure it can work! My words are wisdom people!

Also the last scene of the video with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, hilarious! Also I agree, Chewbacca needs depth! xP

#43 Posted by Samimista (21062 posts) - - Show Bio

As long as it isn't a main role I'll be alright. Nothing against him since he seems like an awesome nice guy but his acting isn't the best.

#44 Posted by Z3RO180 (6720 posts) - - Show Bio

He could be the new chewy

#45 Posted by ssejllenrad (12790 posts) - - Show Bio

The Rock being Samoan can play someone like a Mandalorian which (as far as we've seen on screen) is more of a Maori looking people. Since both Maori and Samoan are Oceanian, I bet it would be cool.

#46 Posted by ssejllenrad (12790 posts) - - Show Bio

@Walzo said:

I'd love to see The Rock become the new Samuel Jackson.

I agree!!!

#47 Posted by God_Spawn (38406 posts) - - Show Bio

@MrSparkle79: Be careful of the language, please. Censor the wearing if you must.

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#48 Posted by KRYPTON (1868 posts) - - Show Bio

Of course the Rock wants in. Who in the world wouldn't? Mark Hamil, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, who (as an actor) in their (right mind) would NOT want to sign up for Star Wars 7-9.

#49 Posted by SUPER-MAN 23 (2196 posts) - - Show Bio

@Quintus_Knightfall said:

I could easily see The Rock playing a Clone Trooper.

Lol, that is stereotype. he could play a pacifist. Am I right?

#50 Posted by Urban_Ronin (9935 posts) - - Show Bio

The Rock post pit monster Boba Fett

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