Since his 2001 screen debut in "The Mummy Returns," Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has become known for stepping in and giving juice to a fledgling franchise. He did it for the "Fast and Furious" series ("Fast Five," with Johnson, grossed $263 million more in global ticket sales than the previous "Fast" film, without Johnson); he did it for "Journey to the Center of the Earth" ("Journey 2" earned $84 million more than its Rock-less predecessor); and he'll probably do it for "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," which critics are hailing as a marked improvement from "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." (Johnson stars as Roadblock in the new film; he didn't appear in "Cobra.") With a track record like that, what franchise is next on The Rock's list?
"'Star Wars,'" he told Coming Soon. "And that's not to say that they need it. Obviously they're doing very well. J.J. [Abrams] is just gonna crush it. I'm so excited. There's a guy, by the way, who's not just a brilliant director, but who honors and respects mythology. You've seen that with 'Star Trek' and you're going to see that with 'Star Wars.' I'm very excited about that."
Johnson is just the latest actor to comment on Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII." His "Pain and Gain" co-star Mark Wahlberg was also recently asked about the future blockbuster, but seemed less inclined to make a pitch to star:
I love J.J. Abrams. I've only seen the original "Star Wars," when I was a kid. My dad wasn't really into sci-fi. [...] I'm interested to see what J.J. does. I remember him asking me to play Captain Kirk's father in "Star Trek." I tried to read the script and I didn't understand the words or dialogue or anything. I said, "I couldn't do this. I think you're really talented, but I couldn't do it." Then I saw the movie, and I thought, "Holy shit, he did a great job."
Not that Wahlberg has time for "Episode VII"; he's busy pulling "a Rock" and hopping aboard the "Transformers" franchise for Michael Bay.
For more on Johnson, including which of his blockbuster franchise might lead to a spinoff, head over to Coming Soon.
[via Coming Soon]