John Cena Confirmed To Play Duke Nukem In Deadpool-esque Live-Action Adaptation

Author Thumbnail BY Tiny Diapana - March 27, 2018

It looks like WWE Pro-Wrestler John Cena is set to play Duke Nukem in Paramount’s upcoming live-action movie produced by Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.

Sitting down for an interview with Cinema Blend to discussing their new film A Quiet Place, Form and Fuller also opened up about their Duke Nukem live-action movie, talking about their approach to the film and confirming the involvement of Cena.

According to the producers, Cena will be playing the titular role in the film though the actor and wrestler has yet to read the script for Duke Nukem.

“Yeah, that's what we're working with now. He is. Yes. We don't have a script yet, so that is confirmed at this point but if he reads the script and he doesn't like the script I'm sure there's ways that he could pull out, but right now he's our guy,” Form and Fuller told the publication.

The two also talk about the tone they want to set for the film, saying they want to create the same tone as Deadpool.

“It's going to be about tone. That's about tone,” the producers explain. “ How do you nail that tone in the way that Deadpool nailed the tone? I think we have to do that and if we don't get the tone right then we're not going to make the movie.”

Cena’s participation might sound exciting, however, Duke Nuke still doesn’t have any writers or directors attached to the project. Form and Fuller seem to be hoping that Cena’s name on the Duke Nukem live-action movie might help them find writers and directors interested in working on the project. We’ll probably just have to wait a couple of months for a few names start coming up.

The Duke Nukem movie doesn’t have a release date just yet but we’ll update everyone as soon as we get word.

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