The go-to man in Hollywood for reigniting franchises, G.I. Joe: Retaliation star Dwayne Johnson says that there’s a certain film series he would love to be a part of and it just so happens to be set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
“‘Star Wars,’” Johnson smiles. “And thats not to say that they need it. Obviously theyre doing very well. J.J. [Abrams] is just gonna crush it. Im so excited. Theres a guy, by the way, whos not just a brilliant director, but who honors and respects mythology. Youve seen that with ‘Star Trek’ and youre going to see that with ‘Star Wars.’ Im very excited about that.”
Set for release in 2015, Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII doesn’t necessarily have a role that’s right for Johnson, but letting people know he’s interested is a smart move: That’s exactly how Samuel L. Jackson wound up being written in as Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy.
In the meantime, Johnson also has big plans for the Fast & Furious franchise. He reprises his role as Luke Hobbs in the May 24th release Fast & Furious 6 and recent reports suggest that the Hobbs character could even get his own feature.
“Thats a character that people have really enjoyed seeing,” says Johnson of a spinoff. “I think it could work. I think though, too, we need to wait and see how ‘Fast Six’ does. It looks as though a lot of people are going to like it. I was excited to make it.”
He goes on to confirm, as has has long been rumored, that the plan is to again have Hobbs return for a Fast & Furious 7.
“With Luke Hobbs, it feels like there might be one more,” he says. “Theres one more Butch and Sundance journey to go on with Luke and Dom.”
“[Lobo] kind of came and went,” he explains. “It came. I thought it was interesting. Then it kind of went away… ‘Shazam’ was more interesting. And really interesting to me. I would have loved that, especially the idea of playing Black Adam. Again, though, studios start to look at other properties and other superhero properties, what makes sense and what doesnt.”
Although his upcoming Hercules (check out what he had so say about his look in that film here) is based on a Radical graphic novel, Johnson says that won’t be the only comic book adaptation in his future.
“There’ll be a superhero I do,” he grins.
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