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UPDATED: The Rock will play country legend Charley Pride

05.02.2011

UPDATE: The Dallas Observer reached out to Johnson's publicist who had this to say, "Yup -- we can confirm his attachment." Alrighty!

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been many things: a football player, wrestler, tooth fairy, secret agent, spaceman, and several others. Now he will take on the role of Country music legend, Charley Pride.

At one point Terrence Howard was set for the role, then things shifted. Pride explains, "But then the ball got fumbled. New management took over the studio that was ready to begin site work on it. And a decision was made to put all their resources behind thrillers - fast actioners. They felt that was where the big box office money was then."

Craig Brewer (HUSTLE & FLOW) was attached to direct and that fell apart too. Now things are starting anew with Johnson, "Now it's back on track again but with action and comedy star Dwayne Johnson portraying me in the title role. Terrence, it seems, is tied up on other involvements for a few years."

At first Pride seemed a little leery of Johnson portraying him, but now he thinks he will do fine, "I think so now. Terrence is no doubt a more in-depth actor academically, but Dwayne is such a force on screen. It startled me a little at first, but he flew down to Dallas and spent a day with me just sitting, talking recently. And when he left it was like parting with an old friend. We had such similar views on so many things."

I've always liked Johnson, so this ought to be interesting.

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11:51AM on 05/01/2011
It's too bad that Wayne Brady isn't a big draw, because he was born to play the role of Charley Pride. I know that Dwayne is half black, but c'mon. He's gonna have to get one hell of a tan to make this believable.
It's too bad that Wayne Brady isn't a big draw, because he was born to play the role of Charley Pride. I know that Dwayne is half black, but c'mon. He's gonna have to get one hell of a tan to make this believable.
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2:21AM on 05/03/2011
BINGO! Brady would be ideal for the role.Either way $ take at the Box Office probably won't be good.
BINGO! Brady would be ideal for the role.Either way $ take at the Box Office probably won't be good.
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8:01PM on 04/30/2011
This is great news! GREAT NEWS! It really gives me hope that they'll cast Michael Clark Duncan to play Anne Frank in a new biopic.
This is great news! GREAT NEWS! It really gives me hope that they'll cast Michael Clark Duncan to play Anne Frank in a new biopic.
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6:37PM on 04/30/2011

cool

hopefully stuff blows up and he gets to kick some ass... if not, hopefully he does that right after or before this movie.

I'm open to this, not too familiar with the artist, but it sounds a million times better than Country Strong!!
hopefully stuff blows up and he gets to kick some ass... if not, hopefully he does that right after or before this movie.

I'm open to this, not too familiar with the artist, but it sounds a million times better than Country Strong!!
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4:47PM on 04/30/2011

Proud to be a fan of Pride

Charlie Pride is awesome. We played You've got to kiss an angel good mornin at my dads funeral.
Charlie Pride is awesome. We played You've got to kiss an angel good mornin at my dads funeral.
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8:07PM on 04/29/2011
1.The Rock I had read was only Producing this biopic(?)2.IF The Rock is actually playing the role of Country Music Legend Charlie Pride-he's physically too big (even though Pride is no small guy)and doesn't look anything like the genuine article. 3. Why? homage of course! I concur..but Box Office $$$...won't be good. KUDOS to Charlie Pride for that fabulous 1970 Christmas album! it's been part of my holiday season celebration ever since it's release. Hey,I hope this works Dwayne.
1.The Rock I had read was only Producing this biopic(?)2.IF The Rock is actually playing the role of Country Music Legend Charlie Pride-he's physically too big (even though Pride is no small guy)and doesn't look anything like the genuine article. 3. Why? homage of course! I concur..but Box Office $$$...won't be good. KUDOS to Charlie Pride for that fabulous 1970 Christmas album! it's been part of my holiday season celebration ever since it's release. Hey,I hope this works Dwayne.
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8:07PM on 04/29/2011
This article reminded me of the scene in Be Cool when the Rock's gay character is at a clothes store all decked out in a cowboy outfit, just staring at himself in the mirror and smacking his own ass. But seriously one more Terrence Howard-less movie is perfectly fine in my book! Really don't know how that guy got so "acclaimed"
This article reminded me of the scene in Be Cool when the Rock's gay character is at a clothes store all decked out in a cowboy outfit, just staring at himself in the mirror and smacking his own ass. But seriously one more Terrence Howard-less movie is perfectly fine in my book! Really don't know how that guy got so "acclaimed"
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10:51AM on 04/30/2011
Hahaha! That was the only good thing about that movie. It was kinda surreal cause I felt it was like The Rock's "coming out party" toward showing he had the potential to be a great actor.
Hahaha! That was the only good thing about that movie. It was kinda surreal cause I felt it was like The Rock's "coming out party" toward showing he had the potential to be a great actor.
7:09PM on 04/29/2011

This doesn't make any sense.

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6:12PM on 04/29/2011
Have you heard The Rock sing? Voice of an angel...A gigantic angel that could crush us all
Have you heard The Rock sing? Voice of an angel...A gigantic angel that could crush us all
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12:40AM on 04/30/2011
Lol, this made my night.
Lol, this made my night.
10:51AM on 04/30/2011
I was actually impressed when he sang in the Game Plan
I was actually impressed when he sang in the Game Plan
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5:39PM on 04/29/2011

The rock rules!

if he pulls it off that'll be great, but i cant see the academy putting him in any nominations, just because their stuck up dicks.
if he pulls it off that'll be great, but i cant see the academy putting him in any nominations, just because their stuck up dicks.
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5:19PM on 04/29/2011

I hope he goes for it...

I think he'll be Oscar worthy one day no matter so yeah, just bring it!
I think he'll be Oscar worthy one day no matter so yeah, just bring it!
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5:14PM on 04/29/2011

Sounds interesting

The Rock is a talented guy. It would be awesome to see him in a role like this.
The Rock is a talented guy. It would be awesome to see him in a role like this.
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