Dwayne Johnson Is Not Without Hope

Set for a fact-based shipwreck tale

Dwayne Johnson

Though he’s built a reputation as a man who puts boots to asses in action films, Dwayne Johnson is not unwilling to stretch his dramatic muscles as well as the usual ones he’s always posting pictures of online. He’s now attached to star in Relativity Media’s Not Without Hope.

The project is based on University of South Florida American football player Nick Schuyler’s memoir, which chronicles how he and three friends, Marquis Cooper, Corey Smith and Will Bleakley, headed out on a fishing trip together in the Gulf of Mexico in 2009. What should have been some enjoyable downtime became a nightmare when their boat capsized, leaving them stranded at sea. As the hours and days ticked by, the men struggled to survive, but continued to hope that help would come.

There’s no writer or director attached just yet, but Johnson would play Schuyler. He has his own connection to the world of American Football: even before he was a wrestler, he played at the University of Miami and recently made a sizeable donation to his alma mater, which has named the locker room in his honour. What, the gym wasn’t available?

Schuyler, who has become a personal trailer in Florida, seems pleased that the story has been targeted. “I’m humbled that Relativity was interested in paying tribute to Marquis, Corey and Will, and I was impressed with their vision for the film and how they wanted to honour how these guys lived and loved their families, friends and teammates,” he says in a statement carried by Variety. Questions are still being asked about the veracity of the tale, but that will be something that Johnson and co will need to confront if and when they make the film.

Johnson will next show up in Fast & Furious 7, set to drive up on July 25, followed by Hercules, which will be out on August 8.