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Urban And The Rock Are Doomed!
Stars sign on – finally – for videogame actioner

15 September 2004  |  Written by   

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If fans of Doom 3 – the world's current No. 1 videogame, fact fans – can turn their google eyes away from their PC screens for two seconds, they might want to let a whoop of joy before returning to their psychotic haze.

For it was confirmed today that not only has The Rock signed on to star in the movie adaptation of the futuristic sci-fi horror, as he hinted to Empire several months ago, but Lord Of The Rings star Karl Urban has nabbed a role, too.

Interestingly, Urban – who’s racked up the bad guy roles recently in The Bourne Supremacy and The Chronicles Of Riddick – has been cast as the ostensible good guy, John Grimm, leader of a special ops team which goes to investigate and neutralise a demonic invasion of a Mars space station.

Along the way, he comes face to face with the organisation responsible for the death of his parents, which suggests that Doom the movie – based, as it is, largely on the wondrous Doom 3, which has more tension and scares than 95% of horror flicks - has more of a plot than the early iterations of the game, at least, which could be summed up neatly on the back of a fag packet thus: man with gun shoots nasty beasties. Reload. Rinse. Repeat.

But where does this leave Dwayne Johnson Esquire? If he’s not the hero, then what role could he possibly be going for? Well, in that exclusive chat with Empire a few months ago, the rocking Rockster said that he’d be playing the “ultimate bad guy” (ok, we censored it at the time, wary of spoilers, but we think that the casting here pretty much gives the game away, don’t you, Outraged Readers?). And, not that we’re a gambling website, but we’d wager good money that he’s playing the villain, and we’d give you better odds that said bad guy might turn out to be the Devil himself. Can you smell what Old Nick’s cooking?

If true, it will mark the Rock’s first bad guy role since he burst onto the scene as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns. Of course, this time hopefully he won’t be laden down with CG designed by ILM’s work experience guy.

Doom, which will be directed by the talented and notoriously difficult to spell Andrzej Bartkowiak has been fast-tracked into production, rocketing ahead of John Woo’s Spy-Hunter adaptation, to which The Rock is also attached. Shooting starts in mid-October, with an eye on a possible Summer 2005 tentpole release.

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