Duke Nukem: John Cena in Talks to Star in Film Based on the Game Franchise

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John Cena is in talks to star in the upcoming film based on the video game Duke Nukem

John Cena is in talks to star in the upcoming film based on the video game Duke Nukem

Wrestler and actor John Cena (Ferdinand) is in talks to play the lead role in a movie based on the video game franchise Duke Nukem, according to Variety. The film is set at Paramount’s Platinum Dunes (The PurgeTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and has yet to acquire a writer or director.

Duke Nukem is a video game franchise that was developed by Apogee Software back in 1991. The character has appeared in 19 games, including the recent Duke Nukem 3D: World Tour. Jon St. John voices the role of Duke Nukem in the game. Duke has a blond flat top haircut, wears Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses and smokes a cigar. He is known for making crude jokes and carrying guns. His missions often include using his strength and sometimes his ego to save the planet from aliens. In one of the games, he’s written an autobiography called, “Why I’m So Great.” He is known for having a jet pack, a golden IMI Desert Egal pistol and a golden Colt M1911. The character will appear in the upcoming film Ready Player One.

John Cena is a professional wrestler as well as an actor. He’s known for his work in The Marine12 RoundsLegendaryThe ReunionTrainwreckSisters, the Daddy’s Home films and The Wall. He recently voiced the lead role for the animated film Ferdinand about a bull who doesn’t want to fight. He’ll next be seen opposite Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) in the upcoming Transformers prequel Bumblebee: The Movie.

What do you guys think of the idea of a movie based on the Duke Nukem video game franchise? Are you excited that John Cena might play the lead role? Let us know in the comments.

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