Malin Akerman Cast As Main Villain In Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage

Malin Akerman has a habit of playing characters with a certain edge to them. Even if they are intended to be heroes in their own right. From Lara Axelrod in the hit television series Billions to Silk Spectre II in 2009's DC installment Watchmen, the Swedish star is not afraid to explore her dark side.

That is why it should not come as a shock from THR that the 38-year old will portray the antagonist in the upcoming video game adaptation Rampage. Playing the head of a tech company that creates and unleashes the three monsters of the piece via the lizard Lizzie, the werewolf Ralph and the huge ape called George, it will be up to the headline star Dwayne Johnson to stop them before it's too late.

Majority of Cast In Place To Get Wild With The Monsters

With actress Naomie Harris joining the cast to be "playing a geneticist with a moral streak," Akerman and Johnson will be linking up with the likes of Magic Mike XXL star Joe Manganiello, Marley Shelton, P.J. Byrne, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald and Breanne Hill on set. Jake Lacy will also be playing the brother of Akerman, as 38-year old director Brad Peyton will be in charge behind the camera for the project.

Peyton has been a favorite of Johnson's in the past, having helped the star feature in San Andreas and 2012's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. The title will open in theaters on April 20, 2018, with the script written by the trio Carlton Cuse, Ryan Condal and Ryan Engle. The producing team consists of Beau Flynn, John Rickard, Hiram Garcia, Wendy Jacobson, Marcus Viscidi, Dany Garcia and Jeffrey Fierson.

Johnson Shares Creative Process With Group of A**holes

Few can hold a candle to the standing Dwayne Johnson has in the industry as the former WWE star took to Instagram last month to outline how the producing team are coming together for Rampage. Arguing that his fans will want nothing less than an "epic ride," the 44-year old is clearly dictating creative direction.

"Spent my Friday night at our Warner Bros offices in a 6hr script session with these rampaging rockstars. Our Rampage (next movie I'll make) writers, producers, director and star (occasionally me). Even though this took us deep into Friday night and we all have families and stuff to do - this kind of meeting is so critical to our movie's success. Everyone's instincts were firing on the highest of levels. My fav moment from this merciless 6hr meeting was when I shared with this group that there's an equity and trust I've built with my audience that they trust me to take them on an epic ride, and always do our best to send them home happy.

A very cool moment to see everyone's eyes light and heads start to nod. To win on any level you gotta have teamwork and collaboration and cant thank everyone enough in this room for their energy and focus. You truly helped us move the needle. And Wendy Jane you're Superwoman for your creative brilliance and putting up with all these asshole's dumb guy jokes. Not me of course, I'm a gentleman. Next stop for me in my research - the Primate division at the Atlanta Zoo (my character's a Primatologist & head of an anti poaching unit in Rwanda). Really informative and educational character to play and project to work on. More to come. Start shooting this April. #Rampage."

Source: THR, MovieWeb

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