Dwayne Johnson to play Goliath

Set to layeth the smacketh down on Taylor Lautner

In a piece of pleasingly daft casting news, director Scott Derrickson’s search to fill the title role in upcoming Biblical epic Goliath may have led him to the door of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

According to Twitch, the former WWE star is currently in talks with Relativity Media to take on the role of the oversized warrior with a penchant for mismatched punch-ups.

Meanwhile, Derrickson (The Last Exorcism Of Emily Rose) also has someone in mind for Goliath’s pint-sized opponent, with Taylor Lautner reportedly having been offered the role of David.

The film will be produced by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, both of whom worked on the Twilight franchise and may carry some sway when it comes to persuading Lautner to sign on the dotted line.

For the Godless heathens amongst you, Goliath will be an adaptation of the famous Bible story in which the young future King of Israel must go on the run from a fearsome warrior who has been sent to kill him.

Official confirmation has yet to arrive, but for our money, Johnson would make for a pretty formidable Goliath. Presumably some CGI will have to be involved (Goliath should dwarf David rather more considerably than the ratio between Johnson and Lautner), but as far as loud-mouthed badassery goes, Johnson has it in spades.

Do you smell what The Rock is cooking, or should he take his candy ass someplace else? Reaction please!


    • MorganRoss

      Aug 31st 2011, 8:11

      Taylor Lautner as David? Forgetting the fact that the guy can't and that the only thing people want him to see him in is a shallow grave, I don't remember David being painted as a stacked six pack wielding American when I was read this story as a kid. I'm pretty sure the whole point of the story was that David didn't have a hope in hell of beating Goliath; thus creating a moral to the story!

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    • ChrisWootton

      Aug 31st 2011, 9:16

      Well considering they are all just characters that didn't actually exist, I guess they could get whoever the hell they want to play David. I'd save on special effects and get Warwick Davis as David and Jack Black as Goliath... I bet that would be better

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    • RikardoRockpig

      Aug 31st 2011, 13:19

      Now, Dwayne Johnson as Goliath in a sequel to The Avengers, I could really get excited about! Come on Dwayne talk to Marvel about it!

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 31st 2011, 16:13

      Can't we just have a movie for where The Rock repeatedly gives Taylor Lautner The Peoples Elbow and Rock Bottom ?

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    • StevePotter

      Sep 1st 2011, 0:45

      Really? Taylor Lautner as David? Can't we get a talented actor who actually, you know, resembles David, sort of? Like Dev Patel? I would watch this movie if Dev Patel was David.

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