John Cena is negotiating to play Duke Nukem in the movie based on the video game character…


Simon Brew

Jan 23, 2018

It’s taken a long time, but there may be solid progress on bringing the video game character Duke Nukem to the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, former wrestler John Cena – who was recently seen in Daddy’s Home 2 and lent his voice to the recent animated movie Ferdinand – is in talks to take on the role. 

It’s early stages for the project, with neither a writer nor a director in place yet. But the plan is to make this is a starring vehicle for Cena, presumably with a view toward a franchise. There’s no way that this won’t get an R rating, either.

Centering on the character of Duke, who smokes, swears, kills, and saves the world, the games peaked early in their run with Duke Nukem 3D in 1996. The fourth game, Duke Nukem Forever, did indeed take pretty much forever to arrive, eventually landing in 2011. It did not land well, either.

Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes company is producing, which assures us that the testosterone will be flowing freely and plentifully on this one.

The last we saw of Duke was as a pre-order bonus for the remastered version of Bulletstorm. Original voice actor Jon St. John even recorded a few new lines for the game. Gearbox Software, which owns the rights to Duke Nukem these days, had a plan to reboot the franchise back in 2011. Sadly, we’ve not heard anything more about what the developer was dubbing “Duke Nukem Begins.”

More on Duke Nukem as we learn it!