Published On: Sat, Mar 30th, 2013

Dwayne Johnson talks GI Joe, joining ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ and Luke Hobbs ‘Fast & Furious’ spinoff

Dwayne Johnson joins another blockbuster franchise with GI Joe, which opened this week in theaters – GI Joe Retaliation. Now the Rock talks to CBM about joining the second film with Bruce Willis to make something bigger, badder and louder.

Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock in "GI Joe: Retaliation"

Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock in “GI Joe: Retaliation”

“The first G.I. Joe, as you guys know, came out and made a lot of money. But we all collectively felt there was a better movie to be made. As we all know, sequels can be tricky. So when you take a crack at them… and not only are you taking a crack at a sequel, but it is also our opportunity to relaunch and reboot and reignite. We’re going to do it the right way. We’re going to remove the lasers, we’re going to remove the slickness of it and bring it back to respecting the mythology of G.I. Joe. Add some new blood, and we’re off to the races!”

One of the most interesting rumors perpetuated by Johnson is his desire to get a Luke Hobbs Fast & Furious spinoff to the big screen.

“…if you’re looking to expand and be creative I think it could possibly work. We’ve talked about that, by the way. We’ve talked about spinning that character off. That’s a character that people have really enjoyed seeing. I think it could work. I think though too, let’s wait and see how Fast Six does. It looks as though a lot of people are going to like it. I was excited to make it. With Luke Hobbs it feels like there might be one more. There’s one more Butch and Sundance journey to go on with Luke and Dom.”

The star also looks ahead to another big franchise that he’d love to be part of, which one?

“Oh easily. Star Wars. And that’s not to say that they need it. Obviously they’re doing very well. And J.J. [Abrams] is just gonna crush it. I’m so excited. There’s a guy, by the way, who’s not just a brilliant director, but honors and respects mythology. You’ve seen that with Star Trek and you’re going to see that with Star Wars. I’m very excited about that.”

Check out the full interview here, which includes comments about his work on Snitch, Pain and Gain and Hercules.

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