Dwayne The Rock Johnson himself has announced via Instagram that he will be starring in a new film called Skyscraper, from Universal studios and Legendary Pictures. Apparently, it has been in development for almost two years and will begin shooting during August in China, as the plot of the film is based there.
The script will be written and directed by Rawson Thurber, known for his work on We’re The Millers and Central Intelligence, the latter having starred Johnson as well. Skyscraper will be about just that, one of the world’s largest skyscrapers. If it is being filmed in China, I think it is safe to assume that Johnson is referring to the Shanghai tower and not the actual world’s largest skyscraper, which is in Dubai.
Anyway, the tower has been set on fire and the character Johnson plays has family trapped on the top floor. It wouldn’t be a very good action movie if they weren’t in the penthouse, after all. On top of these unusual circumstances, Johnson’s character “is a disabled US War Vet and former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader.” Johnson and Thurber were apparently inspired by “the thousands of disabled US veterans and war heroes” they’ve met, to the point of stating that this character is an homage to those “who, despite all odds, will dig deep and do everything possible to protect and save their family.”
Skyscraper certainly sounds like an intense time spent in closed spaces and as Johnson states, it’s a good thing he’s not afraid of heights. Will you being seeing this movie in theatres? Let us know in the comments below!