WWE superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been confirmed to star as pulp hero Doc Savage in an upcoming film.
He inspired the creation of Superman, a heroic role model for generations of wide-eyed children. Now, Clark “Doc” Savage Jr, created in 1933 by pulp novelist Lester Dent, going to hit the big screen played by possibly the most fitting actor ever — WWE superstar-cum-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
And to further gild the lily, the screenplay will be directed and co-written by Shane Black, whose previous credits include “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “Last Action Hero” (a criminally underrated film), “Lethal Weapon” and the newly released “The Nice Guys.”
“Here’s the #1 reason I’m excited to become Doc Savage.. HE’S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO!” Johnson wrote on Instagram. “After speaking for hours w/ Shane Black I can see why the creator of Superman took only the best parts of Doc Savage and leaving the ‘weirdo’ part behind. But to us, it’s that ‘weirdo’ part that makes Clark “Doc” Savage dope! Can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one of a kind character.”
Dope indeed, Mr The Rock. Dope indeed.