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Dwayne Johnson to play superhero ‘Doc Savage’

WWE wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson  is a very busy man, with Baywatch, Fast & Furious 8 (and a potential spin-off), San Andreas 2, a Jumanji remake, and now is set to star as the lead in the Sony Pictures adaptation of ‘Doc Savage.’Shane Black is directing the project from a script he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry , reported Entertainment Weekly.

Johnson took confirm that he would play the classic hero in a film to be directed by Shane Black, who helmed Iron Man 3 and the newly-released The Nice Guys.

It’s OFFICIAL: For all comic book fans you already know the world’s first superhero (pre-dating Superman) is the “Man of Bronze” himself Clark “Doc” Savage. Want to thank my bud director/writer Shane Black and his writing team Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry for flying in from LA and sitting with me and our @sevenbucksprod’s producer @hhgarcia41 on this Memorial Day weekend to chop up creative and break story on this very cool project. Comic book fans around the world know that the cool thing about “Doc” Savage is that he’s the inspiration for Superman. First name Clark, called “Man of Bronze”, retreats to his “Fortress of Solitude” in the Arctic etc etc. Doc was physically and mentally trained from birth by his father and a team of scientists to become the perfect human specimen with a genius level intellect. His heightened senses are beyond comprehension. He can even identify a women’s perfume from half a mile away. He is literally the master of everything. But here’s the #1 reason I’m excited to become Doc Savage.. HE’S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO! Confidently, yet innocently he has zero social graces whatsoever due to his upbringing so every interaction he has with someone is direct, odd, often uncomfortable and amazingly hilarious. After speaking for hours w/ Shane Black I can see why the creator of Superman took only the best parts of Doc Savage and leaving the “weirdo” part behind. But to us, it’s that “weirdo” part that makes Clark “Doc” Savage dope! Can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one of a kind character. #ItsOfficial #WorldsFirstSuperhero #GeniusIntellect #PhysicalSpecimen #FnLoveableWeirdo #ManOfBronze #DocSavage

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Johnson, 44, announced on Instagram that he will be playing ‘the world’s first superhero, Clark ‘Doc’ Savage.’ It’s OFFICIAL: For all comic book fans you already know the world’s first superhero (pre-dating Superman) is the ‘Man of Bronze’ himself Clark ‘Doc’ Savage.

 

Dwayne Johnson to play superhero 'Doc Savage'

“Want to thank my bud director/writer Shane Black and his writing team Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry for flying in from LA and sitting with me and our @sevenbucksprod’s producer @hhgarcia41 on this Memorial Day weekend to chop up creative and break story on this very cool project,” he wrote.

Johnson said he will also produce the film through his Seven Bucks Productions banner with along with Hiram Garcia. Black has been looking to make a Doc Savage film for several years, and Thorstar Chris Hemsworth was at one stage being considered for the role. In March this year, Black stated that Johnson was now his first choice, telling Thrillist

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