When The Rock's latest project Rampage was announced, many weren't sure what to make of it. The film is based on the classic Midway arcade game, but it isn't exactly full of story and nuance. Now there are more details about the film's plot and premise, as well as who the Rock will be playing.
The new plot details come via Splash Report, who revealed the hows and why the three monsters come into play. Here's the pitch. "The first privately owned space station is destroyed by a mysterious experiment done onboard. Three canisters from the crash land on Earth. One lands in the gorilla enclosure at the San Diego Zoo, the other in the plains of Wyoming and the last one in the Florida Everglades. The Griffin Technologies Group, headed by two siblings (Malin Akerman and Jake Lacy), tries to destroy any evidence of wrongdoing before the government finds out. It's too late because the canisters have infected a gorilla named George, a wolf in Wyoming and an alligator. They start evolving and growing exponentially. To cover their track, the Griffin idiots decided to unleash a beacon that will make all three large animals head toward one destination: their head office located in the Willis Tower in Chicago."
The details seem to add up, but it doesn't explain how the Rock becomes involved. That is revealed in the new details as well, and it all has to do with George. "Well, he's an ex-marine who's now a primatologist that raised George at the San Diego Zoo. He taught the ape sign language, and they share a special bond."
As for Naomie Harris' character, she will play a "fired Griffin Tech scientist who helps our protagonist in trying to stop Chicago from being destroyed by those humongous beasts." It certainly sounds legit and fits the "broader audience" vision that director Brad Peyton has previously described.
Rampage is directed by Brad Peyton with Ryan Condal, Carlton Cuse, and Ryan Engle on writing duties. The project is executive produced by Jeffrey Fierson, Dany Garcia, and Peyton, with Beau Flynn, Hiram Garcia, Dwayne Johnson, and John Rickard serving as producers.
Rampage stars Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Marley Shelton, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Naomie Harris, Jake Lacy, Jack Quaid, Breanne Hill, Matt Gerald, P.J. Byrne, Levi Bowling, and Allyssa Brooke.
Rampage is slated for release on April 20, 2018.