Jeffrey Dean Morgan has seen his fair share of apocalyptic mayhem as Negan on The Walking Dead, so a bunch of genetically enhanced animals shouldn’t be too much of a problem. The actor was revealed in character alongside Dwayne Johnson and Naomie Harris in the latest set photo from Rampage, the upcoming movie based on the arcade game classic.
“Rampaging nights with my partners in crime,” Johnson wrote of his co-stars. Morgan plays “the cowboy himself,” an agent “from the OGA – the ‘other’ government agency.”
The film, directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas), tells of three animals that fall victim to evil genetic manipulation and mutate into large and highly aggressive beasts. One of these animals, an albino gorilla named George, is the best friend of Johnson’s Davis Okoye, “the animal loving anti-poacher Ranger from Rwanda,” as the actor described.
Rampaging nights with my partners in crime, Naomie Harris and Jeffery Dean Morgan. The animal loving anti-poacher Ranger from Rwanda, the groundbreaking geneticist from CRISPR and the cowboy himself from the OGA – the "other" government agency. Three gigantic mutated monsters (silverback, crocodile and grey wolf) rampaging across the country. Party in hell. We'll see you there. #OnSet #Rampage 4-20-2018
Keeping his fans on Instagram up to date with the latest set snaps, Johnson also revealed a look at actor Jason Liles, portraying George through motion-capture wizardry.
“In this scene,” Johnson wrote, “our Oscar winning Weta Digital (Lord of the Rings, Avatar etc) is using their ground breaking ‘performance capture’ to bring ‘George’ the Silverback to life. It uses over 30 special cameras to ‘see’ the performance of my co-actor @tallie7487 allowing the digital artists to make the most realistic and badass animations possible.”
When my bestie, George (an extremely rare Albino silverback) gets hangry. Hungry + angry. Blown away by this technology. Makin' a cool movie for you guys here on set of #Rampage. When George (and a crocodile and grey wolf) are infected they grow at a rapid rate to gigantic proportions rampaging across the country. In this scene our Oscar winning Weta Digital (Lord of the Rings, Avatar etc) is using their ground breaking "performance capture" to bring "George" the Silverback to life. It uses over 30 special cameras to "see" the performance of my co-actor @tallie7487 allowing the digital artists to make the most realistic and badass animations possible. He's wearing a "facial capture helmet" and we can record every muscle movement and expression and emotion of George as goes on a rampage. Jason studied gorillas for months preparing for this performance capture role – facial expressions, sounds, habits and emotions. Spectacular performance. What a learning curve for me and such a pleasure to help produce these amazing artists who come to set daily to be game changers. More to come. Amazing technology. #WETADigital #Hydraulx #Rampage #MyHangryBestFriend
Also featuring Malin Åkerman, Joe Manganiello, and Jake Lacy, Rampage is set for theaters on April 20, 2018.