*Dwayne Johnson will be back on the big screen next fall as the character Roadblock in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” which has the group of special operatives fighting their nemesis Cobra while this time dealing with threats from within the government that threaten their existence. [Scroll down to watch the trailers.]
Roadblock – a heavy machine gunner – is the latest in a long line of characters that has made Johnson a bona fide action superstar, (He’s got “Snitch,” “Pain and Gain” and “Fast and Furious 6″ in the pipeline.), but being Hollywood’s go-to action guy was never his endgame.
The former professional wrestler wants a role that would earn him an Academy Award.
“That role is gonna come,” he said at the recent Cinemacon in Las Vegas. “I don’t know when, but it’s gonna come. [My production company] can develop it, and we’re developing smaller roles like that right now. But it feels like when you start developing it with that in mind, a lot of times it doesn’t work out like that, so I have faith that it’s gonna come somehow, someway. I’m gonna lock into that role and it’s gonna be unexpected.”
Below, Johnson says being an action star and a box office shoe-in for family comedies is great – but he craved versatility when he left the wrestling hustle in 2000 for Hollywood.
“G.I Joe: Retaliation” was supposed to be released on June 29, but Paramount announced this week that it’s being pushed back to March 29, 2013, to add 3D. Watch the trailers below.