Widely considered to be one of, if not the busiest bees in all of Hollywood, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is prepping to hop from one major tentpole to another.
According to the actor’s ever-active Instagram feed (via Collider) and amid reports of a dust-up with co-star Vin Diesel, Johnson has now wrapped work on Fast 8 ahead of the sequel’s release early next year. But given the star’s bustling slate, it isn’t long before another project comes calling and sure enough, Dwayne Johnson revealed that he’s prepping to start work on Sony’s long-gestating Jumanji reboot in two weeks’ time.
There, he’ll join Central Intelligence star and friend Kevin Hart and Jack Black for a dose of family-friendly adventure – an adventure brought to life by director Jake Kasdan. It’s not a reboot, but rather a “continuation of the awesome Jumanji story” that will also pay homage to Robin Williams’ character, Alan Parrish.
Here’s the latest status report from Johnson himself:
Finished strong and on to the next. That’s an officially wrap on #FastAndFurious8. Thank you to our director @fgarygray for the vision and execution. Thank you UNIVERSAL for being tremendous partners as always, thank you to all my fellow co-stars for the daily effort and grind. Scott Eastwood you handsome sumbitch! Natalie Emmanuel I have a cold Budweiser ready for you and Tyrese Gibson you still have the biggest smile and forehead I’ve ever seen.? And a huge THANK YOU to our hard working production crew – the backbone of our business. Your kind words meant a lot to me last night – thank you! In the end, we all rallied, as great teams do, kicked ass and will deliver an amazing movie to the world. Proud of our entire FAST FAMILY. And now in two weeks I’ll reunite with ol’ friends Kevin Hart & Jack Black and we have the honor to introduce a whole new generation to the amazing world of #JUMANJI. *(for the record we are NOT making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome JUMANJI story). It’s also crazy to me how much me, Kev and Jack look like triplets when we’re together. ??????. Man this is gonna be FUN. #WheelsUp #ThatsAWrap #FromFastAndFurious #StraightIntoJumanji #BigBrownBaldTattooedMan #DarkChocolateComedicRockStar #BrillaintCrazyCurvyCaucasion #TheseHashtagsAreRidiculous #INeedSleepAndCARBS #ButIWillSettleForTequila
Further down the pipeline, Dwayne Johnson will soon headline the long-awaited Baywatch reboot at Paramount, Rampage and a sequel to New Line disaster pic San Andreas, to name but a few. There’s also word of Ballers landing a season 3 order over at HBO.
Fast 8 is on course to hit theaters on April 14, 2017. Jumanji, meanwhile, unleashes a new spin on Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved story on July 28, 2017.