Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Stars as Charley Pride in Upcoming Movie
Actor Dwayne Johnson, aka "The Rock," has his next role lined up. The former WWE wrestler will play Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride in a new biopic based on Pride's life, according to Variety.
Johnson will also reportedly produce the film, alongside 'American Idol' judge Randy Jackson, Dany Garcia, John Daines (Pride's manager) and Sony ATV Music Publishing. Director Craig Brewer has been signed on to lead the project.
Previous reports linked Terrence Howard to star as Pride, but that all changed when Johnson came to Dallas to meet with the country legend about the role and they became "old friends." Pride himself says, "Terrence is no doubt a more in-depth actor academically, but Dwayne is such a force on screen."
In the '50s and '60s, Pride had a pitching career in baseball but had to leave the game due to an injury. Music was his destiny, though -- and crossing country music racial barriers, Pride became one of RCA's best-selling performers. The 'Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'' singer has sold over 70 million albums to date, and he still has a passion for baseball. He just recently returned from joining the Texas Rangers' spring training, saying, "I really enjoyed the workout."
No release date for the new film has been set yet, but the Dallas Observer does confirm Johnson's involvement in the project with a statement from his publicist, Joy Fehily: "Yup -- we can confirm his attachment."