Dwayne Johnson Heads To HBO
And Ingrid Bolsø joins Hercules
Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg obviously had fun working together on Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain. They’re teaming back up again – albeit with The Rock as an actor and Wahlberg just producing – for an HBO show about retired athletes living in Miami.
Wahlberg is working with Entourage writer/producer Stephen Levinson to write the script. Peter Berg, who recently directed Wahlberg on Lone Survivor and is also attached to Damon Lindelof’s HBO show The Leftovers, is on to direct the pilot.
If it goes to series, Johnson would star as one of several athletes making their way in the world after leaving the glamorous, high-powered life of, among other sports, American Football.
It’s not the first time he’ll be on the small screen: the wrestler-turned-actor-turned-tweeting superstar also has a reality competition show called The Hero due on US TV next month. Pain & Gain, meanwhile, hits UK cinema screens on August 28.
In related Rock news, Variety reports that Norwegian actress Ingrid Bolsø has joined the cast of Brett Ratner’s Hercules, which stars the man mountain as the titular hero.
Bolsø will be part of a cast that already includes John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell, Aksel Hennie, Reece Ritchie and Rebecca Ferguson in a story of the legendary warrior accepting the task of training up the Thracian king’s men for combat. He soon realises that there’s a dark undercurrent to the job and questions his destiny.
Ratner is scheduled to start shooting this month, ready to deliver the movie to our cinemas on August 1, 2014.