Monsters attacking buildings and only Dwayne Johnson can stop them? Check out the first trailer for Rampage!

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Mike Cecchini Joseph Baxter

Jan 23, 2018

Rampage was one of the ultimate quarter-eaters of its glory day. The classic video game allowed you to take control of your typical monster movie standards, a giant lizard (not Godzilla), a giant ape (not royalty), and… a giant werewolf. Your mission? To destroy as many buildings as possible while the army tries to kill you.

There have been other Rampage games, but none matched the charm of the original. The thought of a Rampage movie might seem a little redundant because, well… that’s what Godzilla, King Kong, and assorted other kaiju flicks are for. Plus, there’s even a Godzilla vs. Kong movie in the works to arrive after Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla 2. Ah, but I digress…

Rampage Movie Trailer

The first trailer for Rampage has arrived! Check it out below:

Then check out the latest sneak peek at the movie, now including a giant, flying wolf!

Rampage Movie Release Date

Dwayne Johnson has a full schedule, of course, but Rampage is his next film, and it begins filming in April to make a release date of April 20, 2018.

Here, let him tell you himself:

Rampage Movie Synopsis

Here is the plot synopsis for this glorious weirdness:

Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an gunshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has bgggeen in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered alpha predators. As these newly created monsters tear across North Amerigca, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.

Rampage Movie Cast

The Rampage movie stars none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, although not as one of the giant monsters. Instead he’s playing “an animal loving hero who is the world’s only hope.” Moonlight‘s Naomie Harris will co-star She’s not playing one of the giant monsters, either, but rather “a geneticist with a moral streak.”

The Walking Dead villain Jeffrey Dean Morgan has joined the cast as Agent Russell. Russell is described by Deadline as a guy “who works for a covert government division called OGA and rolls with serious swagger and attitude.” No word on whether this is the same organization that Johnson’s character works for, or if he’s the villain.

Joe Manganiello is on board in an unspecified role, and since he has already achieved success playing a werewolf on HBO’s True Blood, is it too much to ask that he’s playing a giant werewolf in this one? Yes, I know the giant werewolf was female in the game, this would just make for some symmetry. Marley Shelton is also in talks, but again, no details on her character are available at this time. (casting info and character descriptions via THR)

Rampage Movie Story

Brad Peyton, who directed Johnson in the similarly destructive San Andreas, is directing. “It’s going to be a lot more emotional, a lot scarier and a lot more real than you’d expect,” Peyton told We Got This Covered back in December. “So you look at that original concept about a lab that affects these animals and makes them rampage, and that’s the nugget.”

Don’t worry, though, it’s definitely “a monster film” and he confirmed that the iconic rampagers will all be in there. “There’s the three, the lizard, the ape and the wolf, so we’re keeping it similar, but you’ll have to stay tuned to find out where we’re going with this.”

Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal initially were involved with the script, but recent reports have Ryan Engle and Adam Sztykiel on “scary” duty.

Rampage Movie Photos

We are nearing Rampage‘s XYZ release date, and as such the marketing is about to kick it into high gear. Indeed, below we have our first look at stills and set photos from the movie. Most of these images highlight for now that, yes, the Rock and Oscar nominee Naomie Harris are in this movie about giant monsters doing what they do best:

This fits nicely with the Rock’s previous social media blitz this summer during production:

Johnson also had a recent Facebook post answering enormous questions that fans familiar with the rather straight-forward bash-and-smash nature of the classic video have regarding how this could possibly become a movie. 

Indeed, Johnson divulges that Rampage will tell the story of three animals who are subjected to “evil genetic editing” that quickly alters their entire DNA, increasing their size, strength, agility and, frighteningly enough, their aggression. Moreover, in a game-referencing nod, Johnson reveals that his character in Primatologist Davis Okoye will be the “best friend” of an “albino gorilla” named George and provides a picture of George actor Jason Liles, who, at 6’ 9”, is seen rocking a motion capture suit, hunched over in Andy Serkis-type fashion, with the hand crutches (for lack of better terminology,) designed to emulate the shape and gait of a gorilla.

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