Dwayne Johnson Confirms Starring Role in Shane Black's DOC SAVAGE

Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys) has wanted to make a movie based on the pulp hero Doc Savage for a long time, and it sounds like he'll finally start rolling on that sometime next year. At one point Chris Hemsworth was being eyed for the title role — a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and musician all in one, not unlike Buckaroo Banzai — but in recent months, Black has talked about how he now has his sights set on Dwayne Johnson as his potential star.

In an Instagram post yesterday, Johnson confirmed his involvement with the project:

The relevant section of text: "On the iPad I'm reading an outline for a cool movie I'll make in 2017 (with director Shane Black)..."

Johnson's schedule is insanely busy. He's in the final days of filming Baywatch, starts shooting Fast 8 next week, and has JumanjiRampage, San Andreas 2, and at least one more season of HBO's Ballers on his calendar. But since he mentions 2017 specifically instead of a more general statement like "something I'm going to make soon," hopefully that means Doc Savage will leap frog a few of those other projects and we'll get to see this sooner rather than later.

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