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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson confirms role in “G.I. Joe”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The “Fast and Furious” franchise added Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for its fifth installment, and the end result was solid reviews (78% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and stellar box office ($568 million and counting at the worldwide box office).

Wisely, other franchises are lining up in hopes of adding the charismatic action star to their potential sequels, and the immediate winner appears to be Paramount’s “G.I. Joe” series.

Rumors were swirling that Rock was interested in a part in John Chu’s in-production feature, so Johnson took to the Internet and directly confirmed his involvement.

“We’ve read your comments. We know what you want. “… and knowing is half the battle.” It’s on!” Johnson tweeted, using the famous G.I. Joe slogan.

He then added this video, which splices “Fast Five” footage of Rock and Vin Diesel duking it out and layers it to a driving Beastie Boys track. Great stuff!

I wrote in my “Fast Five” review that Rock’s addition to the film put it over the top, and I firmly believe that, if handled properly, he can elevate the “G.I. Joe” series above Stephen Sommers’ initial effort. We’ll see what happens.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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