The hard-working wrestler turned mega superstar plays U.S. war veteran Will Ford, who now works assessing the security of skyscrapers. Everything hits the fan during an assignment in the world’s tallest, safest building, located in China. The building he’s assigned to is taken over by baddies, he’s framed, and his family is taken hostage. Cue those rage-filled eyes.
There’s something decidedly old-school about this fun-looking, Die Hard-esque picture, and there’s probably no one better than Johnson right now to lead it. It’s a smart decision to set the film in China – given the big bucks the cinemagoers fork out in the country, the action looks pretty slick, and giving Johnson’s character a prosthetic leg is a nice touch. A bad-ass Johnson saving his family from bad guys? Yeah, count us in. Let’s just hope that epic Johnson jump shown off in the poster and trailer isn’t a big moment towards the end of the film.
Johnson reunites with his Central Intelligence director Rawson Marshall Thurber, who also wrote the screenplay, and is also attached as producer alongside his San Andreas producers Beau Flynn and Hiram Garcia.
Skyscraper, also starring Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber, Byron Mann, Hannah Quinlivan, Noah Taylor, Roland Møller and Chin Han, opens in Australia on July 12 and hits U.S. cinemas on July 13.
Official synopsis for Skyscraper:
Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line.