Dwayne Johnson is reportedly in talks to appear in "G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes," the franchise's sequel in which the former pro wrestler known as the Rock would play a machine gun-toting "big guy."
Johnson could take on the role of Roadblock, Variety reported, a brawny and imidating soldier who actually aspires to be a chef and is, as described by the G.I. Joe wiki, one of "most amiable members of the Joe Team and a great source of camaraderie."
The franchise may undergo an overhaul, however, in the wake of a $175-million budget that seriously outweighed the box office success of its 2009 predecessor, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," which starred Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans and Dennis Quaid. Tatum, however, should be coming back in the Paramount sequel, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film will probably be directed by John Chu, who also helmed "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never."
As for Johnson, his role in "Fast Five" with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson has him considering revving up for another installment, thanks to the car film's $568-million take at the worldwide box office.
His participation in a sixth film all depends "on how much ass I could kick in that movie," he told Access Hollywood. "We set out to make a good movie and the fans are really enjoying it."
That could be possible, seeing that he won the Biggest Ass Kicker award at Spike TV's Guy's Choice Awards on Sunday for his role in "The Other Guys."
Johnson has also starred in "The Game Plan, "The Tooth Fairy," the "Get Smart" reboot, "The Scorpion King" (a prequel to "The Mummy" series) and "Be Cool" (the sequel to "Get Shorty").
He'll soon appear in "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" with Vanessa Hudgens, Michael Caine and Josh Hutcherson.
So, perhaps his stock is going up because of his reputation as a sequel saver. Do you think Johnson would make a good Roadblock? Tell us in comments.
-- Nardine Saad
Photo: Dwayne Johnson during a "Fast Five" photo call in France. Credit: Jean-Paul Pelissier / Reuters