Hollywood megastar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is truly a jack-of-all-trades; he’s an admired actor, businessman, wrestler, and all-around great human being. The successful star got his start in the ring, adopting the iconic name “The Rock” and wrestling for the WWE for eight years. Johnson’s persona as the charismatic and trash-talking wrestler helped propel his career and ultimately led him to pursue an acting career. The actor’s first major leading role was as the titular character in 2002’s The Scorpion King, and ever since this strong introductory transition, he’s been a constant force in cinema.
Though initially kicking off his Hollywood career as an action star, Johnson has proven to audiences and critics that he’s more than just muscle; he’s gone on to appear in family flicks, Disney animations and big budget comedies. The superstar can shine in any genre and charm as any character, and his films have gone on to gross over $10.5 billion worldwide. Johnson will once again don a different hat with his role as the titualar DC characer in Black Adam, an upcoming superhero film. With a career spanning two decades, it’s time to explore the best Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson movies.
Disney’s 2007 family comedy The Game Plan features Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson branching out from the action genre and into a different type of film. It centers on a professional quarterback who discovers he has an 8-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. The movie showed off Johnson’s acting skills and demonstrated his bankability and talent at doing more than just fight scenes and physical roles. He was also praised for his charisma and charm in the flick, and The Game Plan was a financial success for the star. It is also the final film where Johnson is credited with using his ring name.
Johnson’s first leading role in Hollywood was as the titular character of 2002’s sword-and-sorcery action film The Scorpion King. Serving as both a prequel and spin-off to the ultra successful The Mummy franchise (which Johnson also appeared in), the film portrays the origins of Mathayus and his ultimate rise to power as the legendary hero, the Scorpion King. The hit demonstrated Johnson’s skills as an upcoming action star and helped launch his cinema career. Despite criticism for the film itself, Johnson’s performance was praised as was his ability to carry and headline a major movie.
A remake of the 1973 film of the same name, 2004’s Walking Tall featured Johnson as a former U.S. soldier who returns to his home only to find it riddled with corruption and crime, and vows to handle the issue directly. With an entertaining supporting cast like Johnny Knoxville, Neal McDonough and Ashley Scott, Walking Tall is a fun film with plenty of action, drama and humorous banter. Johnson and Knoxville bounce off each other well as longtime buddies, and the former is right in his element, showcasing both his physicality and likable cinema appeal. The star’s on-screen persona, a mixture of toughness and humor, would become a staple in his ever-expanding career.
2003’s action comedy adventure The Rundown follows Dwayne Johnson as a bounty hunter who is tasked with retrieving his employer’s son in Brazil. With a notable supporting cast including the hilarious Seann William Scott, Christopher Walken and Rosario Dawson, the film continued to cement Johnson’s status as a bona fide action star. With many memorable and exhilarating fight sequences, delightful humor and overall butt-kicking, the star’s dedication to his craft is palpable. The chemistry between Johnson and Scott is also fun to witness, and their dynamic was praised by critics as a saving grace for an otherwise critically dismissed film.
Jumanji: The Next Level is the follow-up to the 2017 hit blockbuster, and Dwayne Johnson is here reunited with his charming co-stars Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan for more fun. With this highly anticipated sequel, audiences were introduced to new cast members and characters, including Awkwafina, Danny DeVito and Danny Glover. The story picks up two years after the previous adventures in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and sees the gang back in the infamous game as they attempt to rescue one of their own. Johnson once again shines as Dr. Xander “Smolder” Bravestone, an avatar in the game, with his humor and sensual ‘smolder’ front and center. The sequel was both a critical and box office hit, and Johnson’s impression of DeVito garnered many laughs and praise.
The iconic heist action franchise Fast & Furious is known for its gravity-defying stunts and blood-pumping action sequences. For 2011’s fifth installment Fast Five, Dwayne Johnson was brought in to portray U.S. Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs, who fiercely pursues the group and Dom for an arrest. Upon its release, the film earned solid reviews and was a huge financial success, grossing more than $600 million. Critics and fans praised the addition of Johnson to the mix, who was lauded for breathing new life into the franchise. Empire raved about the star’s performance, saying, “How to reignite an aging franchise? Drop [Johnson] on it. The best thing, by far, in Fast Five, Dayne Johnson hulks through the movie leaving testosterone trails in his wake.” Though he may not return in future installments, Johnson has made an indelible impression in the Fast & Furious franchise.
Dream-team Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart joined forces for the first time in Central Intelligence, which tells the story of two former high school classmates who go on the run after getting mixed up in international espionage. Johnson hilariously portrays Bob Stone/Robbie Weirdicht, a formerly bullied and overweight student who has become a sculpted and tough CIA agent. Hart stars as a former star athlete-turned-accountant whose life is turned upside down when Johnson bulldozes into it. The entertaining duo’s chemistry is the film’s biggest asset, and would go on to find major box office success. The pair developed their winning chemistry here, having made three additional films with more to come. A Central Intelligence sequel is currently in the works.
Based on the beloved Disney theme park attraction, 2021’s fantasy adventure film Jungle Cruise stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt as a riverboat captain and scientist taking a trip through a treacherous jungle in search of the gabled Tree of Life. Johnson is full of charm and wit as Frank Wolff, a steamboat skipper (with a mysterious past) who is hesitant to aid Dr. Lily Houghton (Blunt) and her brother MacGregor (Jack Whitehall). The pandemic blockbuster was praised for its entertainment values, and Johnson’s chemistry with Blunt was also recognized and appreciated. A sequel is currently in development with the duo set to return.
Dwayne Johnson is at his very best when he gets to combine his impressive physicality with his charming wit and humor. For comedy-adventure film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the superstar did just that with his memorable and entertaining portrayal of ironic avatar Dr. Xander “Smolder” Bravestone. This new edition of the Jumanji franchise (once made popular by the late, great Robin Williams) follows a group of teenagers who find themselves trapped in the infamous game and replicated as a group of adult avatars who must complete quests in order to get home. Co-starring Hollywood heavy hitters Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan, the film was released to rave reviews and grossed almost a billion dollars worldwide. The Guardian lauded Johnson for his “endearing performance,” and the movie’s success led to the 2019 follow-up sequel. Johnson is sure to continue the franchise, and will soon begin a new phase of his career with Black Adam.
Bridgerton Season 2 Images Reveal New Peek at Netflix Show's Return
Several new photos have been released giving fans their first real look at Bridgerton season 2. Officially, Netflix and Shondaland will bring the series back on March 25, 2022, when it premieres its second season. The show is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Chris Van Dusen. Van Dusen also serves as creator and showrunner.
The second season of Bridgerton follows Lord Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), the eldest Bridgerton sibling and Viscount, as he sets out to find a suitable wife. Driven by his duty to uphold the family name, Anthony’s search for a debutante who meets his impossible standards seems ill-fated until Kate (Simone Ashley) and her younger sister Edwina (Charithra Chandran) Sharma arrive from India.
When Anthony begins to court Edwina, Kate discovers the true nature of his intentions — a true love match is not high on his priority list — and decides to do everything in her power to stop the union. But in doing so, Kate and Anthony’s verbal sparring matches only bring them closer together, complicating matters on both sides. Across Grosvenor Square, the Featheringtons must welcome the newest heir to their estate while Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) continues to navigate the ton whilst keeping her deepest secret from the people closest to her.
Bridgerton is a romantic, scandalous, and clever series that celebrates the timelessness of enduring friendships, families finding their way, and the search for a love that conquers all. The series also stars Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury), Lorraine Ashbourne (Mrs. Varley), Harriet Cains (Philipa Featherington), Bessie Carter (Prudence Featherington), Shelley Conn (Mary Sharma), Nicola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington), Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne Basset), Ruth Gemmell (Violet Bridgerton), Florence Hunt (Hyacinth Bridgerton), Martins Imhangbe (Will Mondrich), Claudia Jessie (Eloise Bridgerton), Calam Lynch (Theo Sharpe), Luke Newton (Colin Bridgerton), Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte), Luke Thompson (Benedict Bridgerton), Will Tilston (Gregory Bridgerton), Polly Walker (Portia Featherington), Rupert Young (Jack), and Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown. The series is inspired by Julia Quinn’s novels.
In addition to the new season of Bridgerton, it was also announced last year that the Bridgerton universe will expand with a Queen Charlotte spinoff series. The spinoff will explore the origins of Queen Charlotte as well as young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.
“Many viewers had never known the story of Queen Charlotte before Bridgerton brought her to the world, and I’m thrilled this new series will further expand her story and the world of Bridgerton,” Netflix’s Bela Bajaria said in a statement at the time. “Shonda and her team are thoughtfully building out the Bridgerton universe so they can keep delivering for the fans with the same quality and style they love. And by planning and prepping all the upcoming seasons now, we also hope to keep up a pace that will keep even the most insatiable viewers totally fulfilled.”
It’s not yet clear when the Queen Charlotte spinoff will arrive, but new episodes of Bridgerton are almost here. Season 2 of the series will premiere on Netflix on March 25, 2022. You can see all of the new first look photos for the new season below.
Sofia Vergara Is Unrecognizable in Image From Netflix Crime Series Griselda
Many of Sofia Vergara’s fans are used to seeing the actress in comedy mode as one of the lead stars of Modern Family, the hugely popular sitcom that helped the Columbian actress become the highest-paid female star in Hollywood in 2020. With the series coming to an end in April 2020, Vergara is now seemingly turning her attention to other projects, and one of those is the true-crime drama Griselda, in which she plays the title role of a drug trafficker who goes by many names. Coming from the team behind Narcos, Vergara will also be executive producer on the six-part series, which is expected to arrive on Netflix later this year, and Entertainment Weekly shared a first look at an almost unrecognizable Vergara in character.
Once known for being the cover girl of many men’s magazines such as FHM, Maxim and others, Sofia Vergara has more than proved her acting capabilities in the decades since, and while she has not managed to get that big movie break, her small screen appearances, which also includes a judging stint on America’s Got Talent, have seen her commanding the highest salary of any actress on U.S. television for a number of years. Now, with Modern Family having ended after 250 episodes, Vergara seems to be looking to get something a little more serious under her belt with her new role, one which has been a passion project of hers for almost eight years.
Griselda tells the story of the ruthless and violent drug trafficker who became one of the world’s wealthiest criminals, Griselda Blanco, also known by the pseudonyms of La Madrina, Black Widow, the Cocaine Godmother and Queen of Narco-Trafficking. In the image, Vergara is seen sitting at a table, smoking a cigarette at an office desk which is unlikely to be getting used for above-board day to day business transactions.
The story of Griselda Blanco may not be well known to many, but Sofia Vergara’s appearance in the role is not the first time the drug baroness’ story has been told on screen. Blanco’s tale as one of the most notorious U.S. drug traffickers of the 1970s and 1980s was detailed in the documentaries Cocaine Cowboys and Cocaine Cowboys II, and in 2014 it was announced that her story would be dramatized in the Lifetime movie, Cocaine Godmother, which starred Catherine Zeta-Jones as Blanco. Even almost a decade ago, the casting caused some backlash at a Welsh actress being cast in a role as a Columbian, especially when there were very few roles being made available to Hispanic stars at the time.
This time around, there are no such issues to be called out, and there is no doubt that Vergara will bring all of her talent to the role. It is not known whether the series will focus on just one part of Blanco’s life or will see her entire story play out, including her many years spent in prison and the drive-by assassination that killed her. Either way, more will become known soon enough as Netflix are clearly ready to start promoting the series, which means it will not be too long before we get to see the finished result on-screen.