‘Rampage’ Trailer Sets up Dwayne Johnson to Save the World Once Again

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The world needs a hero again, so naturally, Dwayne Johnson is leading the charge.

Warner Bros. Pictures released the official “Rampage” trailer Thursday, just a day after unveiling new photos from the upcoming film. Not surprisingly, the preview is an action-packed and intense two-and-a-half minutes; it features genetically-altered beasts, destruction, and both mistakes and heroics.

Thanks to the trailer, we see how three regular animals — a gorilla, a wolf, and a crocodile — become mutants. We also meet primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson) and discredited genetic engineer Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris), both of whom end up trying to save the creatures and all the people they are poised to harm. As if those stakes weren’t high enough already, we witness the bond between Davis and the gorilla, George.

Watch the trailer below.

The film is directed by Brad Payton and also stars Malin Ackerman, Joe Manganiello, Jake Lacy, Marley Shelton, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

“Rampage” hits theaters April 20.

Today in Movie Culture: Superman’s Most Dangerous Power, How ‘The Incredibles’ Should Have Ended and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

Movie Science of the Day:

In honor of the release of Justice League, Kyle Hill scientifically explains why Superman turning back time would be catastrophic:

Alternate Ending of the Day:

Speaking of superhero movies, here’s a different way Pixar’s The Incredibles could have ended:

Fan Surprise of the Day:

Speaking of Pixar, watch the stars of Coco surprise fans at Dowtown Disney with a musical performance promoting the upcoming movie:

VFX Breakdown of the Day:

Netflix presents a look at the exceptional visual effects that went into creating the creature for Bong Joon Ho’s Okja:

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James Franco to Star in ‘X-Men’ Spinoff ‘Multiple Man’: Report

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Fresh off playing twin brothers on HBO series “The Deuce,” James Franco will next portray a bunch of clones of himself on the big screen: The actor is reportedly set to star in the “X-Men” spinoff “Multiple Man.”

Deadline reports that Franco will star in and produce the flick alongside longtime “X-Men” producer Simon Kinberg, as well as his brother, Dave Franco. “Wonder Woman” writer Allan Heinberg is reportedly attached to pen the script.

“Multiple Man” exists in the “X-Men” universe and revolves around the titular hero, alias Jamie Madrox, who has the power to clone himself (though he can’t necessarily control it). It’s a pretty bonkers-sounding concept, explained here by Deadline:

Multiple Man is Jamie Madrox, who, in the comics, conveyed his cloning powers at birth, when a second, identical version of him appeared after the doctor slapped the infant to get him to breathe. His father, a worker at the Los Alamos Nuclear Research Center, moved his family to a remote farm where his son — fitted with a special suit to control his powers designed by X-Men patriarch Professor Xavier — lived quietly until the suit malfunctioned and he began to go crazy. His cloning abilities drove Madrox to have various collisions and collaborations with both the X-Men and Fantastic Four.

Franco has a penchant for selecting oddball characters to play on the big screen, and this certainly fits the bill. Fox has had a hard time getting some of its “X-Men” spinoff properties off the ground (see: the ongoing struggle to make Channing Tatum’s “Gambit” movie), so we’ll see how this one fares in the development stages. Stay tuned.

[via: Deadline]