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The highest-paid actor in the world landed Paramount’s 2018 action-thriller Skyscraper.
The film is centered around Dwayne Johnson, who plays a former army vet turned skyscraper security man, according to the hollywoodreporter.com. The plot becomes heated when “he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it.” To add to the drama, his family is in the building as well.
Although the character is fictitious, Johnson says, “This character is inspired by the thousands of disabled U.S. veterans and war heroes I’ve had the honor of shaking hands with over the years. This character is also an homage to the everyday man and woman.”
This sounds like a job for the same guy who can move torpedoes with his bare hands. Here, he posted a few more details to his Instagram below.
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BREAKING: Grateful to share this big news. Universal Studios and @Legendary Pictures have declared JULY 13th 2018 SKYSCRAPER weekend. Massive scale of a movie we've been developing for almost two years and we start shooting this August – in CHINA. Our script, written and to be directed by Rawson Thurber, focuses on the world's largest skyscraper – that's on fire. A towering inferno almost a mile into the sky and my wife and kids are trapped on the top floor. My character is a disabled US War Vet and former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader. This character is inspired by the thousands of disabled US veterans and war heroes I've had the honor of shaking hands with over the years. This character is also an homage to the every day man and woman who, despite all odds, will dig deep and do everything possible to protect and save their family. Research for this film has been a real education for me (and that's saying a lot considering my horrible freshman year GPA) from meeting with the world's top skyscraper architects to spending amazing time with our US combat and disabled vets. Good thing I'm not afraid of heights. But at 4,000ft it's a different story. Let's get to work. #CHINA #SevenBucksProds #FlynnPicturesCo #Zhao #SKYSCRAPER JULY 13th 2018
Since this news originally broke, Johnson has since received a revised script that he thinks will be a “Die Hard meets Towering Inferno inside of the world’s tallest skyscraper.”
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Woke up at 4am to read this new draft of #Skyscraper. Very strong and big hat tip to our writer/director @rawsonthurber for bringing the high quality heat. As Hollywood insiders know (as well as many of you) this was the script that became an extremely hot property when it set off a bidding war last year with the studios. Winner of that bidding dance was Legendary and Universal Studios. Think DIE HARD meets TOWERING INFERNO inside of the world's tallest skyscraper… in CHINA. Character prep begins now and we'll begin production in August after we wrap #Rampage. Motivated to make a great one. For the record, I keep my pen close when reading scripts because I like to make intellectualized notes, but in reality I just doodle and draw unicorns. I will now go destroy my morning workout. ?? ?
The Rawson Marshall Thurber-directed film is due out July 13, 2018.