Wrestler-turned-actor John Cena has entered talks to play Duke Nukem in a film adaptation of the popular video game franchise.
The film project has been set up at Paramount Pictures, with Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller attached to produce under their Platinum Dunes banner. Dimension Films previously had the project, but Paramount moved in when the film rights lapsed and reverted to game company Gearbox Software.
The first Nukem game was published in ’91, introducing an alien-killing, cigar-chomping action hero made up of clichés. Politically correct he ain’t, which could make for a fun, bloody and risqué action-comedy if Paramount plays its cards right. We’ll see.
Cena, who certainly looks the part for Duke Nukem, was recently seen in Daddy’s Home 2, stars alongside Leslie Mann in the upcoming comedy Blockers, and will also appear in Paramount’s upcoming Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee.
The search is now on for a director and screenwriter to bring this Duke Nukem movie to life. Stay tuned.
Here’s the trailer for the most recent Nukem game, 2011’s Duke Nukem Forever:
Story source: Variety