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Doc Savage: Shane Black wants The Rock for title role

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While Shane Black is currently dealing with a pair of Nice Guys, the writer and director has an actor in mind for his next savage project.

Speaking with Thrillist about his upcoming film The Nice Guys, Black addressed his Doc Savage adaptation, for which he was announced as a co-writer and director in 2013. Black said that he’d like to make the film “sometime next year” and that he has a lead actor in mind for the role.

“I would very much like to do Doc with a fellow named Dwayne Johnson if we can make that work,” Black said. “I made a decision that Dwayne is the guy.”

That fellow, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, already has a busy schedule of filming ahead of him, as he’s currently in production on Baywatch, and has the upcoming Fast and Furious 8 and Rampage video game adaptation on his docket. Black acknowledged how packed Johnson’s schedule is, saying the film is “on the back burner while he’s busy.”

Doc Savage, the story of a man with superheroic levels of intelligence and strength (who just so happens to be a brilliant scientist, inventor, and explorer), began as a series of pulp novels and radio series. Black was announced as a director of the film in 2013 for Sony, having already written a script along with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. Earlier in the project’s lifespan, Chris Hemsworth had discussed playing the title role according to reports in 2014.

For more from Black on The Nice Guys and Black’s other upcoming projects, read the full interview on Thrillist

The Nice Guys hits theaters on May 20.

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