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Dwayne Johnson attached to star in the survival drama Not Without Hope

Nov. 14, 2013by:
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Dwayne Johnson has had a hell of a year. For fifteen straight weeks he had at least one movie in the top ten at the box office in the U.S., and all together they have grossed $937 million worldwide. Not all of his films have been huge hits, but it's still very impressive. Dwayne Johnson stars in next year's FAST AND FURIOUS 7 and HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS, however this new project might be the most important one yet for the actor.

Variety is reporting that Dwayne Johnson is in talks for the film NOT WITHOUT HOPE, which will be an adaptation of the memoir by Nick Shuyler. Who's Nick Shulyer, you ask? In 2009, Shulyer and three friends (NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, and former University of South Florida football player Will Bleakley) went on a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico. Their boat capsized, and the men were stranded at sea for days. Johnson will be playing Nick Shuyler, who is also a former football player.

In my opinion, this film is perfect for Dwayne Johnson. The actor played football for the University of Miami when he was younger, and he's still jacked, so he definitely looks the part, but NOT WITHOUT HOPE will also give Johnson a chance to show off his range as an actor. I love Johnson in movies where he's kicking the shit out of people, however I do think he has some real talents as an actor, and I think this is a great opportunity for Johnson to prove he's not just a former wrestler who only stars in action movies.

No word on when we might see NOT WITHOUT HOPE in theaters, but chances are it will be released in late 2014, or sometime in 2015.

Source: Variety

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12:32PM on 11/14/2013
I'm down with this. I love Johnson in action movies, but keeping in mind his role in Be Cool and Pain & Gain, it would be great to see him in something where he gets to stretch his talent.
I'm down with this. I love Johnson in action movies, but keeping in mind his role in Be Cool and Pain & Gain, it would be great to see him in something where he gets to stretch his talent.
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11:59AM on 11/14/2013
He was great in Pain and Gain.
He was great in Pain and Gain.
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10:34AM on 11/14/2013
Even though I didn't think it was a great movie overall, Dwayne Johnson was good in Snitch. It gave him a chance to flex his acting muscles in addition to his physical muscles. This sounds like an ideal project for him.
Even though I didn't think it was a great movie overall, Dwayne Johnson was good in Snitch. It gave him a chance to flex his acting muscles in addition to his physical muscles. This sounds like an ideal project for him.
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11:52AM on 11/14/2013
Loved Snitch, solid and under-appreciated film IMO. He was so good in it as the every man dad.
Loved Snitch, solid and under-appreciated film IMO. He was so good in it as the every man dad.
10:12AM on 11/14/2013
The Rock is actually a good actor regardless of his Tough Guy Action Man look. To me, his best work is Faster. Sure, people think it would be a big action movie but instead it's a one man vengeance drama. I was surprised too but I can see how invested in the role The Rock was in that movie. So, this new project should be a good project for The Rock to show people he can act.
The Rock is actually a good actor regardless of his Tough Guy Action Man look. To me, his best work is Faster. Sure, people think it would be a big action movie but instead it's a one man vengeance drama. I was surprised too but I can see how invested in the role The Rock was in that movie. So, this new project should be a good project for The Rock to show people he can act.
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10:06AM on 11/14/2013

Good to see him stretching out

I really liked Dwayne Johnson in THE SNITCH: I thought he showed a lot of range in that movie. However, I'd still like to see him get that one iconic role a la Arnold Schwarzenegger in TERMINATOR.
I really liked Dwayne Johnson in THE SNITCH: I thought he showed a lot of range in that movie. However, I'd still like to see him get that one iconic role a la Arnold Schwarzenegger in TERMINATOR.
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10:02AM on 11/14/2013
Best film, IMO, he was in this year was Pain & Gain, showed some genuinely good acting in it.
Best film, IMO, he was in this year was Pain & Gain, showed some genuinely good acting in it.
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