Dwayne Johnson continues to promote the upcoming Rampage adaptation by showing more of the movie’s development process on social media, highlighting a motion-capture suit and two of his fellow co-stars.
Johnson shared the two images via Instagram. The first is a scene showing Johnson’s character trying to calm his gorilla companion, George, prior to the latter’s transformation into the kind of giant monster the Rampage series is known for. Johnson praises Weta Digital (who will turn actor Jason Liles into a gorilla in post-production) for the work they’ve already done and shares his anticipation for what they’ll do for his next movie.
When my bestie, George (an extremely rare Albino silverback) gets hangry. Hungry + angry. Blown away by this technology. Makin’ a cool movie for you guys here on set of #Rampage. When George (and a crocodile and grey wolf) are infected they grow at a rapid rate to gigantic proportions rampaging across the country. In this scene our Oscar winning Weta Digital (Lord of the Rings, Avatar etc) is using their ground breaking “performance capture” to bring “George” the Silverback to life. It uses over 30 special cameras to “see” the performance of my co-actor @tallie7487 allowing the digital artists to make the most realistic and badass animations possible. He’s wearing a “facial capture helmet” and we can record every muscle movement and expression and emotion of George as goes on a rampage. Jason studied gorillas for months preparing for this performance capture role – facial expressions, sounds, habits and emotions. Spectacular performance. What a learning curve for me and such a pleasure to help produce these amazing artists who come to set daily to be game changers. More to come. Amazing technology. #WETADigital #Hydraulx #Rampage #MyHangryBestFriend
While the above image emphasizes the digital effects that are going to be added to the movie in post-production, the second highlights a practical element with part of the cast standing in front of a real helicopter that will be used in filming. Johnson stands alongside his Rampage co-stars (Naomie Harris and Jeffery Dean Morgan) and the roles they all play in the monster mash.
Rampaging nights with my partners in crime, Naomie Harris and Jeffery Dean Morgan. The animal loving anti-poacher Ranger from Rwanda, the groundbreaking geneticist from CRISPR and the cowboy himself from the OGA – the “other” government agency. Three gigantic mutated monsters (silverback, crocodile and grey wolf) rampaging across the country. Party in hell. We’ll see you there. #OnSet #Rampage 4-20-2018
Rampage will crush the box office on April 20, 2018. The film reunites Dwayne Johnson with director Brad Peyton (San Andreas), and also features a supporting cast that includes Naomie Harris, Malin Åkerman, Joe Manganiello, Jake Lacy, Marley Shelton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, P. J. Byrne, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald, and Breanne Hill.
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