The WWE star-turned-actor John Cena is in talks to star as Duke Nukem, hero of the classic video game franchise, Duke Nukem.
For those unfamiliar, Duke Nukem is a series of sporadically released video games where the titular hero kills aliens while embodying every trope of the cinematic action hero from the 80’s. Now, the foul-mouthed action hero is set to be produced by Michael Bay’s production company, Platinum Dunes, and by Paramount. The rights to the film were previously held by Dimension Films.
For John Cena, this seems like an odd role for an actor who has built his brand around being a kid friendly, politically correct hero–the exact opposite of who Duke Nukem is. That aside, Cena is a dead ringer for Duke Nukem. From the imposing frame, toned muscles, and blonde crew cut, all Cena needs is a pair of dark sunglasses and a cigar to truly become Duke Nukem.
John Cena has made his home at Paramount, starring in last year’s Daddy’s Home 2, and the upcoming Transformers spin-off, Bumblebee.
Duke Nukem has no current release date, director, or writer.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
5 Superheroes That Deserve Their Own Video Game Universe
World building and universe building are not new. These writing techniques have been around for centuries, long before we even started writing our stories down. I always considered Beowulf to be the precursor to superheroes and comics. However, due to the overwhelming success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the CW DC Universe (or Arrowverse), it seems that the universal world building that has been in comics for three-quarters of a century has finally become a major storytelling point in both the film and TV worlds of superheroes.
Between Rocksteady’s Arkham Trilogy (Batman: Arkham Origins was developed by WB Games Montreal), Telltale Games’ Guardians of the Galaxy, Insomniac Games establishing that their Spider-Man game will be the anchor point for a new Spider-Man universe, and the announcement from earlier this year of a multi-year, multi-game deal between Marvel and developer/publisher Square Enix it seems like the video games will be the next place where sprawling superhero stories will be told.
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