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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson signs up for Shane Black's Doc Savage, shares first picture from Fast 8
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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson signs up for Shane Black's Doc Savage, shares first picture from Fast 8

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has signed up for a leading role in Shane Black's new thriller Doc Savage. 

The movie has been written by Black along with his regular writing partners Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry and is inspired by the character of the same name, who was a feature of a series of hugely successful 1940s pulp magazines. 

It's OFFICIAL: For all comic book fans you already know the world's first superhero (pre-dating Superman) is the "Man of Bronze" himself Clark "Doc" Savage. Want to thank my bud director/writer Shane Black and his writing team Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry for flying in from LA and sitting with me and our @sevenbucksprod's producer @hhgarcia41 on this Memorial Day weekend to chop up creative and break story on this very cool project. Comic book fans around the world know that the cool thing about "Doc" Savage is that he's the inspiration for Superman. First name Clark, called "Man of Bronze", retreats to his "Fortress of Solitude" in the Arctic etc etc. Doc was physically and mentally trained from birth by his father and a team of scientists to become the perfect human specimen with a genius level intellect. His heightened senses are beyond comprehension. He can even identify a women's perfume from half a mile away. He is literally the master of everything. But here's the #1 reason I'm excited to become Doc Savage.. HE'S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO! Confidently, yet innocently he has zero social graces whatsoever due to his upbringing so every interaction he has with someone is direct, odd, often uncomfortable and amazingly hilarious. After speaking for hours w/ Shane Black I can see why the creator of Superman took only the best parts of Doc Savage and leaving the "weirdo" part behind. But to us, it's that "weirdo" part that makes Clark "Doc" Savage dope! Can't wait to sink my teeth into this one of a kind character. #ItsOfficial #WorldsFirstSuperhero #GeniusIntellect #PhysicalSpecimen #FnLoveableWeirdo #ManOfBronze #DocSavage

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Savage's full name is Clark Savage, Jr, he was a physician, scientist, adventurer, inventor and exploror, who was trained by his father to possess near-superhuman abilities almost from birth, giving him great strength and endurance, a photographic memory, a mastery of the martial arts, and vast knowledge of the sciences. He is often cited as the original inspiration for many of today's most successful superheroes. 

Over the weekend Johnson also shared the first look at him from the forthcoming eighth instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise, which you can see below:

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: #HOBBS #F8 When you strip a man of all he has. All that's important to him. You force him to return to his roots.. and sometimes that's a very dangerous and twisted place. If I was going to return for another FAST & FURIOUS I wanted to come in and disrupt the franchise in a cool way that got fans fired up and their blood pumping to see a new version of Hobbs and his "Daddy's gotta go to work" mentality and set the table in a cool way for where the character goes in the future. Maybe it's a spinoff movie. Maybe it's more #FF movies. Or hell maybe Hobbs just gets on his motorcycle and rides off into the sunset never to be seen again. Either way, I've had a solid first week of shooting, good to be back with the ohana, good to work again w/ my bud and director F. Gary Gray and our home studio of UNIVERSAL, as always have been the best partners to me and my #SevenBucksProds team. Most importantly... you guys around the world will really dig this new version of the role, 'cause as we always say, disrupters dent the universe. #Hobbs #TwistedRoots #1Disrupter #1Savage #F8

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The new movie, which sees Vin Diesel will return to star as Dominic Toretto along with Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez and Jason Statham all reprising their roles, will be largely set in New York. It is due in UK cinemas on May 17th in 2017 and will be directed by Gray, the man responsible for Straight Outta Compton. 

Charlize Theron will play Cipher, the movie's key villain, teaming up with Jason Statham, who is expected to return to reprise his role as Deckard Shaw, the key villain in Fast 7. They will join Kristofer Hivju, who plays Tormund Giantsbane on HBO's hit fantasy show Game Of Thrones, he has signed up to play a henchman for Cipher. 

 

Earlier this year Vin Diesel confirmed that release date for the ninth and 10th instalments of the Fast and Furious are already set. Fast 9 will be in cinemas on April 19th in 2019 and Fast 10 on April 2nd in 2021. 

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